Crews have demolished the world’s first industrial plutonium processing facility at the U.S. Energy Dept.’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Demolition of 23 structures in the complex, which dates to World War II, was completed using $13.5 million in stimulus funds, says Gordon Dover, the facility’s cleanup deputy project director. As part of the project, workers installed 16 groundwater monitoring wells. Los Alamos research now supports NASA space missions and nuclear reactor fuels research. But environmentalists filed suit in federal district court Nov. 12 to stop DOE from continued design on an estimated $4-billion research complex for chemistry
Despite a faltering international market, 2015 and the beginning of 2016 are proving to be strong years for U.S. contractors, with steady domestic growth and only moderate strain from workforce shortages.