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Cleanup of nuclear plant will be delayed, and full cost unknown

according to its decommissioning plan, the company said it would wait as many as 60 years to dismantle the plant ……Exelon has collected more than $651 million to pay for the cleanup of radioactive material. This does not include the cost to dismantle the plant’s hulking superstructure surrounding the reactor…….

Oyster Creek nuclear cleanup plan could take 60 years – pressofAtlanticCity.com, By MICHAEL MILLER, 9 Dec 10, LACEY TOWNSHIP – The Oyster Creek nuclear plant will be around long after it closes in 2019, judging by papers its owner filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Exelon submitted a tentative plan to shut down the plant in 2009 in the event the NRC did not renew its license. Oyster Creek won a 20-year license renewal that year.

But according to its decommissioning plan, the company said it would wait as many as 60 years to dismantle the plant so that nuclear material will have time to decay. Exelon chose the SAFSTOR method of decommissioning in which the plant would be locked down and decontaminated at a later date.

The alternative is immediate dismantling called ENTOMB, which has its own benefits and complications, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said.

Exelon has collected more than $651 million to pay for the cleanup of radioactive material. This does not include the cost to dismantle the plant’s hulking superstructure surrounding the reactor…….

Oyster Creek nuclear cleanup plan could take 60 years – pressofAtlanticCity.com: Today’s Top Headlines

December 10, 2010 - Posted by | decommission reactor, USA

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