This week crews continued preparing the site for the next phase of high probability excavations. This work included training scenarios for the crew, as well as a smoke test in the Engineering Control Structure tent. The smoke test demonstrated that the tent is under negative pressure and will hold any chemicals in the unlikely event of a release. All preparations required to start high probability operations were completed.
Additionally, we successfully tested the entire Shelter-in-Place system on Monday and today. These were follow-up tests from the November 12 test of just the ring-down system. We will return to our regular monthly tests on Wednesday, December 3 at 4:05 p.m., and the first Wednesday of every month throughout high probability operations. Thank you for bearing with us for our Shelter-in-Place Siren tests this week. We have ensured that the system is working and ready for the crews to start high probability.
With this work complete, we are ready to begin high probability slightly ahead of schedule. We will begin high probability intrusive operations on Monday, November 24. We will continue to work on Tuesday, November 25, before securing the site for the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday week. We will then return to high probability work on Monday, December 1. High probability work will continue to occur from 8 am - 4 pm.
Finally, we looked at various options to re-design the fence along Glenbrook Road and are moving forward with purchasing a new fence, which will improve the property's appearance. The fence will be taller (10 feet instead of 6 feet) and semi-permanent. The screen will be a grey, non-translucent fabric to match the fence that is along the 4825/4835 Glenbrook Road property boundary. Tan colored fabric will be draped over the support equipment in the front yard area (including the personnel decontamination station, the redress tent, and medical monitoring shed) to match the color of the tent and minimize the visual impact at the street level. Additionally, the green fencing along the 4825/4801 Glenbrook Road property boundary will be wrapped neatly on both sides since it is now more visible. This new fence should be installed by the end of the year and/or early in the new year.
Safety continues to be our number one priority at the site. Throughout every phase of the project, all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the site workers, the residents of the community, and those driving by.
To reach a Spring Valley Army Corps representative in the event of an after-hours emergency, please call the project's 24-hour hotline: 1-888-393-0059. During business hours, please continue to call the Spring Valley Community Outreach Team at 410-962-0157.
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