Preparations for Demolition Debris Disposal at the Big Rock Point Restoration Project


L. E. Brown, J. N. Soderquist, R. P. Wills


Big Rock Point is a 67-megawatt electric boiling water reactor located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan approximately 50 miles from the tip of Michigan's lower peninsula. It received its operating license from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) on 30 August 1962 and was Michigan's first and the United States' fifth nuclear electric generating station. The first five years of plant operation were devoted to research and development as part of the AEC's Power Reactor Demonstration Program. The plant was shut down for the last time on 29 August 1997. The plant is currently undergoing dismantlement with a scheduled completion date of 29 December 2004. The 441 spent fuel bundles will be moved into dry storage containers in late 2001 or early 2002. Unlike past decommissioning projects, Big Rock Point's 600-acre plant site will be returned to a green field state prior to license termination. The final site release survey will be performed after the site has been returned to the green field condition. Accomplishing this precedence-setting goal creates several hurdles that must be overcome to be successful.


This abstract was presented at the 34th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety and ALARA Considerations for the 21st Century", Decommissioning Session, 2/4/2001 - 2/7/2001, held in Anaheim, CA.

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