The 499-foot cooling tower is scheduled to be imploded on May 21, 2006. PGE has chosen a contractor, Controlled Demolition Inc. (CDI), which has safely imploded a number of large structures, including the Kingdome in Seattle. Every demolition bid proposal PGE received recommended implosion of the tower as the safest demolition method with the least community and environmental impact. The Trojan cooling tower is made of concrete and steel and contains no hazardous materials. It never contained any radioactive material, and all asbestos has been removed.
UPDATE 1: It has been brought to our attention that the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant is the inspiration for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant that is owned by Charles Montgomery Burns and featured in The Simpsons. Aye carumba! They’re blowing up the power plant. D’oh!
UPDATE 3: There are a bunch of great implosion photos on Flickr.
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