U.S. ARMY CORPS TO DECOMMISSION SM-1 NUCLEAR REACTOR AT FORT GREELY
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has released the Final Notice of Availability (NOA), Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI), and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the proposed action to decommission and dismantle the Deactivated Stationary Medium Power Model 1A Nuclear Power Plant (SM-1A) at U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Fort Greely, and release the property for unrestricted use.
• Final Notice of Availability (NOA)
• Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI)
• National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
Radioactive materials will be removed from the site and transported to nuclear-waste strorage facilities in the Lower 48.
Fort Greely is located in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska. It is home to the Fort Greely military installation.
Because of its remote location, Fort Greely was chosen as one of the first US military posts to have a compact, nuclear power reactor to generate heat and electricity, under the auspices of the Army Nuclear Power Program. A nuclear power plant, designated the SM-1A was flown in and installed between 1960–62, and was based on the Army’s first prototype reactor, the SM-1 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. SM-1A pressurized-water reactor reached initial criticality on 13 March 1962, and was shut down in 1972: the reactor core was removed and sent to the Savannah River nuclear site.
(Source: US Army Corps of Engineers/KUAC/Wikipedia)
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