Work begins on waste facility

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Ground was broken Friday for a $345 million waste solidification building that will process liquid waste from a larger mixed oxide fuel facility designed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

The new building will occupy about nine acres and is the second building in the plutonium disposition complex being constructed in the site’s F Area.

The MOX facility has been under construction since August 2007. The waste solidification facility will process low-level and liquid waste streams from that plant and related programs.

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