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Officials at the West Valley Demonstration Project have restored a rail car carrying a 54-ton piece of highly radioactive equipment to its tracks inside a shielded building on the site.

Project spokesman Terry Dunford said the piece of equipment, a vitrification melter about the size of a 12-foot-square box, has now been placed in a shielded box and will soon be moved outside the vitrification building, where the rail car derailed Nov. 1.

"No one was hurt, and there was no release of radiation," Dunford said.

The melter and other large pieces of equipment used to turn radioactive liquid waste into solid cylinders are being removed as part of the project's plan to dismantle the vitrification building.

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