WEST VALLEY, N.Y. — Contractors are in the homestretch of clearing the West Valley Demonstration Project of buildings.
How hot are its five stories of reinforced concrete? A trio of activists said it “could be one of the most radioactive buildings in the country.”
The demolition might be welcome news, but the manner in which contractors plan to bring the building down is causing concern, even alarm, in some quarters.
Plans call for an open-air demolition of the building. Some experts and local activists want it “tented.” That is, enclosed by a temporary cover to reduce the amount of radioactive dust and debris that can escape into the environment.
“You’re dealing with a significant quantity of dangerous material which is dangerous in microscopic quantities,” said Robert Alvarez, a senior advisor to the Department of Energy in 1990s, told Investigative Post