La Crosse Decommissioning Reaches Milestone

Salt Lake City-baserd EnergySolutions, Inc. announced today it has completed the physical work at the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor (LACBWR) Decommissioning Project.  This includes remediation and removal of radioactive material including confirmation surveys and inspections necessary to demonstrate compliance with the NRC approved License Termination Plan.

La Crosse BWREnergySolutions officially took operational control of the facility through an approved NRC license transfer process in June 2016 and immediately mobilized a workforce to decommission the plant.

“This is the second decommissioning project we have completed this year and it has been a great opportunity to showcase our talented workforce and abilities to safely decommission a nuclear power plant,” stated Ken Robuck, President and CEO of EnergySolutions.  “I want to thank our customer, Dairyland Power, for the strong working relationship throughout the course of the project.  As with every decommissioning project there are unique challenges and La Crosse was no different, but our best practices and lessons learned from other projects proved valuable in executing this project safely on schedule and budget,” added Robuck.

EnergySolutions has worked with local, state and federal regulators in completing the project and has officially demobilized and will now continue to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as they finalize the necessary documentation to transfer the license back to Dairyland Power which includes the onsite ISFSI.

The La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor, referred to as LCBWR, went online in 1967 and was retired in April 1987 as the small reactor with a 50 MW output was no longer economically viable. Dairyland Power, which ran the unit, chose the SAFSTOR decommissioning process for the plant.

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