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Workers Complete Fuel Transfer Work Scope at Idaho Site

March 5, 2019

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The last of the Navy’s spent nuclear fuel stored in an onsite basin was transported recently to the Naval Reactors Facility, where it was placed into dry storage.
The last of the Navy’s spent nuclear fuel stored in an onsite basin was transported recently to the Naval Reactors Facility, where it was placed into dry storage.

IDAHO FALLS, IdahoEM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed a 12-year effort bringing DOE closer to meeting a 2023 milestone with the state of Idaho that all spent nuclear fuel be transferred to dry storage at the Department’s Idaho National Laboratory Site.

   The last of the Navy’s spent nuclear fuel was moved from the CPP-666 spent nuclear fuel storage pools at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) to be packaged for dry storage at the Naval Reactors Facility, located about five miles north of INTEC.

   “I can’t thank enough the many employees who were so dedicated to supporting this effort,” Fluor Idaho Spent Nuclear Fuel Project Manager Claude Kimball said of the hundreds of employees who supported the work. “A 12-year track record of working safely is certainly an added bonus.”

   The last of the spent nuclear fuel was transferred in a 100-ton large cell cask — the cask’s 118th shipment.

   With the completion of this work scope, only the Advanced Test Reactor and Experimental Breeder Reactor-II fuel types remain in the world’s largest spent nuclear fuel storage pools. That fuel is being transferred to dry storage at the Materials and Fuels Complex, operated by Battelle Energy Alliance for DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and INTEC, which is operated by Fluor Idaho for EM.

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