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Review Article, J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol S Vol: 0 Issue: 1

Decommissioning the University of Illinois Nuclear Research Laboratory

William R Roy* and Richard L Holm
Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Corresponding author : William R Roy
Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, 104 South Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801-2983, USA
Tel: 217-840-9769
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: September 26, 2013 Accepted: November 10, 2013 Published: November 20, 2013
Citation: Roy WR, Holm RL (2013) Decommissioning the University of Illinois Nuclear Research Laboratory. J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol S1. doi:10.4172/2325-9809.S1-004

Abstract

Decommissioning the University of Illinois Nuclear Research Laboratory

The Nuclear Research Laboratory (NRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was decommissioned in about 10 months after being in SAFSTOR for 12 years. A detailed site characterization study was conducted in 2005, and the removal of low-level radioactive wastes was begun in 2011. The first phase of the project was the removal and packaging of wastes in the building that were created from the operation or experiments conducted within the reactor. This activity was followed by the removal of interference from the upper part of the bioshield, and from the reactor tank that held the TRIGA reactor. The upper part of the bioshield was then sawed into blocks for disposal.

Keywords: TRIGA reactor; SAFSTOR; Stellite; Low-level radioactive wastes; Brokk; Asbestos; Soil samples

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