More on the problems at Beta-2

photo-013Last week I posted info on the latest reports of failing infrastructure at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, including a new issue in the basement of Beta-2 (Building 9204-2) — a building where work on lithium parts takes place. While investigating reports of chips falling from the ceiling, engineers found cracks in the concrete beams.

According to Ellen Boatner, a spokeswoman for Y-12 contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security, the “spalling” or chipping of the ceiling concrete was first reported in May. But Boatner said the chipping of concrete, however, did not come from the beams.

“A concrete chip was found in the hallway, and the area was secured,” Boatner said. “The team was discovered while looking for the source of the chip, but they are from different sources.”

The problem area covered about 200 square feet, and Boatner indicated some work areas are being impacted.

“Until a repair can be implemented, one shop area is flagged to prevent entry,” she said. “The hallway (where the concrete chip was found) already had restricted access because of the spalling.”

Both of the problem areas have restricted access, with hard hats required.

Asked if the cracked beams are being repaired, Boatner said a design for the repairs has been completed and an estimate is being developed.

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