The decommissioning of The Hot Cell Facility began on July
4th 2008 when the Finance Committee approved the budget.
The six cells will initially be cleaned by glas- or
sand-blasting. The walls and floors are highly radioactive poluted
and no one can access the cells before the cleaning.The cleaning
equipment must be brought into the cells through the narrow
canals formerly used for the manipulator arms. This poses a unique
challenge and makes it necessary to develop special
The Hot Cell decommissioning project is made even more difficult
by the fact that the area is surrounded by offices. Special
precautions must be made to ensure these employees continous
Before cleaning can begin a great number of minor projects must
be completed first. For instance, new ventilation systems,
establishment of air locks and a new road for transportation of
waste to the storage.