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Army dismantling long dead nuclear power plant at Fort Belvoir

Army dismantling deactivated nuclear power plant at Fort Belvoir, INSIDE NOVA, Aug 28, 2020 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $67.98 million contract to APTIM AECOM Decommissioning LLC of Alexandria for the dismantling and disposal of the deactivated nuclear power plant at Fort Belvoir.   The plant was the Army’s first nuclear reactor and first facility in America to provide nuclear-generated power for a sustained period to the commercial grid………
From 1957 until it was shut down in 1973, nuclear technicians from all branches of the military trained at the SM-1 facility. SM-1 was partially decommissioned from 1973 into 1974, which consisted of the removal of the majority of the site’s radioactivity. This included the removal of nuclear fuel and control rods, minor decontamination, shipment of radioactive waste, sealing of the reactor pressure vessel, and installing appropriate warning signs and monitoring devices. ……
Crews are expected to begin mobilizing in early 2021, and the work is anticipated to take approximately five years to complete.  https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/army-dismantling-deactivated-nuclear-power-plant-at-fort-belvoir/article_fa0d82c4-e94e-11ea-ac35-1b353356980d.html

August 29, 2020 - Posted by | decommission reactor, USA

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