Burial Ceremony At US Ecology's Richland Site Marks the Safe End of Life for Trojan Reactor Vessel; Permanent Disposal of Full-Scale Commercial Reactor Vessel Under Way.
RICHLAND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 19, 1999--
The mothballed reactor vessel reactor vessel
The protective containment vessel surrounding the nuclear fission core in a nuclear reactor. from Portland General Electric's Trojan Nuclear Power Station was given a proper burial today at a ceremony sponsored by the US Ecology unit of American Ecology Corp. (Nasdaq:ECOL ECOL es.comp.os.linux.* (newsgroups)
ECOL Emmanuel Church of Lakewood (San Francisco, CA) ).
"Innovation and can-do spirit made this project a success for Portland General Electric This article is not to be confused with PG&E, a San Francisco, California-based utility company
Portland General Electric (PGE) (NYSE: POR) is an electrical utility, formerly owned by the Houston-based Enron Corporation (but now independent), that distributes electricity to , American Ecology and the people of Washington," said Joe Nagel, president and chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. of Boise, Idaho-based American Ecology.
Congressman Doc Hastings This article is about the U.S. Representative from Washington. For the Canadian footballer, see Richard Hastings.
Richard Norman "Doc" Hastings (born February 7, 1941), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives (R-Wash.), who presided over the event, demonstrated his can-do spirit by waving a flag, signalling the start of final disposal operations for the Trojan reactor vessel.
American Ecology operates a 100-acre disposal facility for low-level radioactive material radioactive material Radiation A substance that contains unstable–radioactive–atoms that give off radiation as they decay. See Radioactive decay. on state-leased land at the Hanford Reservation. The company serves private industry and numerous government agencies in 11 western states under the Low-Level Waste low-level waste Low-level radioactive waste A specific form of man-made radioactive waste for which there is reasonable assurance that public exposure–should it occur, presents only a fraction of the current dose limits. See Plutonium, Radioactive waste. Policy Act.
The site is also eligible to receive Department of Energy waste, which is not governed by the Low-Level Waste Policy Act. Disposal of Energy Department material could generate future revenues of $180 million for the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund, and $80 million to Benton County Benton County is the name of nine counties in the United States:
At current low-utilization rates, the facility is expected to have more than 40 million cubic feet of unused disposal capacity when the state's lease expires in 2063 -- enough to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose all the commercial low-level radioactive material generated in America from now until then.
Washington state and local communities receive approximately $2 million a year in fees from US Ecology's operations. In addition, the state collects funds to regulate US Ecology's site and to monitor it for a century after it is closed. In contrast, there are no state or local taxes paid on waste disposed at the federal facility, nor are any funds collected to close the site or manage it afterward.
The 1,000-ton Trojan reactor vessel is being disposed under a strict set of procedures and license conditions set by the Washington Department of Health.
The reactor vessel has been positioned in a disposal saddle within a special trench measuring 850 feet long by 150 feet wide by 45 feet deep. The vessel will be capped with desert soils and six inches of river rock over the next several weeks.
Though US Ecology's Richland disposal site for low-level radioactive material generators is located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Reservation, there is no connection between US Ecology's privately owned facility and the federal government's operations. Unlike the federal facilities, US Ecology's private facility is licensed and regulated by the state of Washington.
"The states of the Pacific Northwest have taken the lead in walking a responsible path of environmental management for commercial low-level radioactive material, and they're showing the way," Nagel said. "We invite Energy Department managers of the region to take advantage of our site, whose systems and environmental record are the best in the nation."
US Ecology's parent company, Boise-based American Ecology, provides processing, packaging, transportation, remediation and disposal services for generators of hazardous, non-hazardous and low-level radioactive waste Noun 1. low-level radioactive waste - (medicine) radioactive waste consisting of objects that have been briefly exposed to radioactivity (as in certain medical tests) at licensed facilities throughout the United States. The company has been delivering environmental solutions since 1952.