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Roof repairs scheduled for nuclear processing facility at SRS, spokesperson says via Aiken Standard

Fixes are planned this year for a massive Savannah River Site nuclear processing plant, a U.S. Department of Energy spokesperson said Friday.

The approximately 65-year-old H-Canyon will likely undergo roof repairs this summer, according to the spokesperson.

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H-Canyon is the nation’s only currently operating hardened nuclear chemical separations facility. H-Canyon is more than 1,000 feet long – longer than three football fields combined – and more than 70 feet tall.

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On Dec. 2, 2018, less than a tea cup of radiation-contaminated water was discovered in a first-floor H-Canyon personnel corridor, which is usually contamination free or “clean,” the spokesperson said.

The water had leaked through an “undetectable crack” in the H-Canyon roof, into a radioactive processing area, and ultimately into the clean area, according to both the spokesperson and a related incident report, which was finalized Jan. 16.

The area where the water was found was blocked off, and the water was removed, according to the report. Follow-up inspections were conducted, as well. No further contamination was discovered, according to the report.

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“The contamination level found in the small amount of liquid was very low,” the spokesperson continued. “The whole-body dose rate from the liquid detected was significantly less than the level that one would see on an airplane flight at 35,000 feet.”

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