Monday, November 12, 2012

Post Register: Fuel From Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Coming to Idaho

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

USS Enterprise
  • USS Enterprise

The Idaho Falls Post Register reports that spent nuclear fuel from a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will soon be rolling toward Idaho.

The Post Register quotes Tom Dougan of the Naval Propulsion Program, who confirmed that the spent fuel from the U.S.S. Enterprise, which is being decommissioned, will arrive at the Idaho National Lab in 2014. The fuel would come from the ship's eight nuclear reactors.

The Post Register reports that the Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, ended its career Nov. 4.

Dougan said the spent nuclear fuel, once it comes to the INL, will be examined to "help with future reactor design research before being placed in storage."

"[The] fuel is transported via rail in specially designed railcars," said Dougan. "The Navy has been managing spent fuel in Idaho since the late 1950s."

Dougan said reactor disposal takes six to eight years. The remainder of the Enterprise will be scrapped.

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