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Nuclear power is energy that has been produced by way of a controlled nuclear reaction. Several nations utilize nuclear power plants in order to generate electricity for both military and civilian use. Some nations also use nuclear energy to run naval fleets, particularly submarines. There is a population that is in favor of expanding nuclear power plants because they feel that this type of energy is cleaner than using fossil fuels like coal. However, nuclear power plants come with their own set of problems that need to be taken into consideration. For example, the issue of disposing radioactive waste safely is a huge discussion.

To begin the process of generating nuclear power, uranium and other radioactive elements are mined and processed. These elements then go into the power plants reactor. A reaction called fission, which culminates in intense heat, turns water into steam. This steam is used to power turbines, which in turn generate electricity and put that electricity into an electrical grid. During the process, reactors need to be carefully monitored. A runaway nuclear reaction has to be stopped immediately in order to ward off serious problems. Quality nuclear power plants will have automated systems that identify trouble spots and will re-route power if there's an issue. The system will also turn off a portion of the plant and perform multiple task to keep the plant safe and clean.

The biggest advantage of nuclear energy is that it does not produce greenhouse gases. However, it does produce hazardous waste, and many underdeveloped countries are simply not outfitted to handle this waste. Nuclear fuel that has been used is radioactive and highly dangerous. An entire infrastructure is required to handle and transport this fuel and radioactive elements. While there are many positives to nuclear energy, it’s important to have the money available to oversee this process.

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CCI provides on-going support for a major transmission plant in the Midwest on a scheduled and on-call basis.  This work is performed in conjunction and coordination with the plant’s operations and maintenance team in order to insure continued, high quality operation of key components.  CCI responds to in-plant emergencies to restore plant operations as quickly as possible.  CCI’s participation in the management of this facility assists in providing quality products for the plant’s customers.

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CCI has provided fluid removals, equipment cleaning, and residuals management services for equipment and related piping systems in advance of the removal (strip-out) of the equipment at a former automotive plant in Ohio.  Also, depending on project scope, CCI provides cleaning of pits and trenches as necessary in advance of, or during, equipment removal.   In execution of this work, CCI operates in close coordination with the Owner’s site, engineering, and environmental representatives.  Effective strip-out preparation provided by CCI helps reduce equipment demolition timing and helps maintain project cost and schedule.

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To support Owner developed demolition specifications, and regulatory requirements, CCI addressed the universal wastes, residual chemicals, and surface cleaning of a former auto plant in Michigan.  The objective of this pre-demolition cleaning is to remove hazardous materials so that the demolition can occur without impacting other media.  This pre-demolition cleaning also maximizes recovery and recycling efforts by reducing surface contamination and avoiding the disposal of valuable construction materials.

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In support of rehabilitation of an abandoned auto plant in Michigan, CCI provided post-demolition cleaning of concrete surfaces; including slabs, pits, and trenches. This effort not only provided a safer work environment, it also facilitated backfilling and other rehabilitation activities.

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