LIQUID STORAGE TANKS IN BUILDING 371.
ALL PLUTONIUM OPERATIONS AT THE PLANT ARE CARRIED OUT IN HIGHLY SPECIALIZED FACILITIES, PROTECTING THE EMPLOYEES AND THE SURROUNDING POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT. THE BUILDING IS DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND TORNADO, EARTHQUAKE, SNOW STORM, AND FLOOD DAMAGE. THE FACILITY IS ONE LARGE STRUCTURE DIVIDED INTO THREE AREAS: PLUTONIUM RECOVERY, WASTE TREATMENT, AND SUPPORT. PERSONNEL PROTECTION IS PROVIDED BY SPECIAL PROTECTION DEVICES, FOR EXAMPLE, PLUTONIUM IS HANDLED REMOTELY FROM INSTRUMENTED CONTROL ROOMS, IN SHIELDED GLOVE BOXES, AND IN CONCRETE VAULT CANYONS. LOW- LEVEL PLUTONIUM CONTAMINATED WASTE IS TREATED IN THESE TANKS. THIS FACILITY IS CURRENTLY BEING REEVALUATED TO DEVELOP A REVISED AND UPGRADED PROCESS.
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