Industrial plants often manage the production or treatment of chemicals. There are other things produced in an industrial setting, all of which require disposal methods. When it comes time to sell the plant or demolish it, many questions are raised. These questions are frequently in regards to the complications of demolishing certain parts of the plant. Here are some of those complications, and how they are managed by industrial demolition services.
Trace Chemicals That Are Hazardous to the Environment
One of the biggest conundrums by plant owners is how the trace chemicals in the equipment, pipelines, and machinery are going to be handled. Many times, these trace chemicals are hazardous to the environment, and the demolition has to be handled delicately to avoid placing even a drop of chemical in the water, air, or soil.
Generally, what needs to happen is for:
- Neutralization of trace chemicals via flushing equipment with the neutralizing agent
- Cleaning and flushing of pipelines and equipment so that any trace chemicals are so watered down that the chemicals cannot hurt anything
- Removal of all questionable equipment prior to full-blown demolition
- Thorough cleansing of the plant to avoid contact and contamination of any harmful chemicals with human skin, respiratory systems, and/or circulatory systems
- The wearing of protective equipment during all of the above steps
Depending on the potential for harm, some plants in the process for being demolished may be easily demolished without worry according to EPA regulations. Other plants may need more intensive measures to protect humans and the environment prior to actual demolition.
Industrial Waste That Is Still on Site
Another complication is any remaining industrial waste on site. The company's/property's owners have to remove all remaining industrial waste prior to the demolition start date. The waste would heavily contaminate the job site, which could cost millions in medical and health care bills for members of the demolition crew. Part of the signed contract for demolition is that all waste, regardless of type, has to be removed. Demolition work cannot begin until this occurs, and if there is still waste onsite, then the contractor can choose to pay to have it removed and add the expense to the bill to the property/company owners.
Implosion vs. Explosion
If the plant is in a remote area, and its explosion will not cause undue harm or stress on living creatures, it will be set to explode. In all other instances, it will be set with charges to implode, so that the whole thing crashes down and inward. An assessment on the proximity to humans and wildlife needs to be complete and on file before the implosion or explosion plans are filed.