Due to constant advances, improvements, and changes to our nation’s nuclear capabilities, it becomes necessary to decommission obsolete facilities. After decades of service and operation, these facilities become contaminated from radioactive sources and the contact materials must be removed with great care.
Unlike conventional demolition procedures, nuclear contaminated materials must be removed under the authority of State and/or Federal regulators. That level of oversight requires comprehensive procedures designed to minimize the potential and occurrence of accidents.
Paramount with all facets of working in a nuclear materials environment is worker safety and exposure to the public. Engineering provides the necessary skills to safely remove the structure, provide special tool design to remotely access certain elements, design physical safety controls, and observe the general construction and demolition process for compliance with regulations.
Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley Campus, CA