D Elevator/Back Face

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The discharge elevator, or D-elevator, at the rear face was similar to that at the front. After the pile was shut down for the charging operation, workers entered the rear face area of the pile, mounted the discharge elevator, and raised it to the appropriate row of tubes. They opened the nozzles on those tubes and attached the appropriate discharge equipment. Before any fuel was discharged, the workers had to leave the area or risk being exposed to deadly levels of radiation.