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Special Report: IG-0683

March 29, 2005

Fast Flux Test Reactor: Re-evaluation of the Department’s Approach to Deactivation, Decontamination, and Decommissioning

In 2002, the Department decided to permanetly shutdown the Hanford Site Fast Flux Test Facility, FFTF. Since the FFTF was the last sodium-cooled reactor remaining in the United States, the decision involved significant debate within and outside the Department and a series of reviews going back to the early 1990s. The shutdown, as directed by the Department, will encompass three activites- deactivation, decontamination and decommissioning.