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WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD: FAST FLUX TEST FACILITY BEGINS STANDBY STATUS

WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD: FAST FLUX TEST FACILITY BEGINS STANDBY STATUS
 RICHLAND, Wash., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Hanford Co. personnel Thursday performed a scheduled shutdown of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) at Hanford to begin routine maintenance and refueling, the company said.
 Thursday's outage completed an operating cycle that began last fall. The scheduled outage was due to last about two and a half months. It is expected that the U.S. Department of Energy will formally direct Westinghouse to place the reactor on standby operational status beginning April 1.
 FFTF Plant Manager Dan Swaim said maintenance activities conducted during the outage will be performed as required for placing the sodium-cooled multipurpose reactor into its standby operating status. No refueling or de-fueling is expected to occur within four to six weeks or until the reactor's status is more formally defined, Swaim said. Standby status means that the reactor plant will continue to have its liquid-metal coolant in circulation, plant safety systems and temperature levels maintained.
 Westinghouse Hanford Co. operates the FFTF for the Department of Energy's Richland Field Office.
 As a multipurpose reactor, the FFTF contains different types of test components undergoing irradiation. They include a fusion experiment and advanced high-burnup fuels and materials tests.
 The FFTF employs about 1,070 employees at the FFTF plant and other locations on the Hanford Site. It is anticipated that personnel affected by standby status will be transferred to other areas at Hanford.
 During the past year, Westinghouse Hanford and the State of Washington have conducted marketing efforts to attract non-federal funding for the FFTF. The Department of Energy is currently reviewing those efforts and potential federal missions for the reactor.
 The FFTF earned the 1992 National Endowment for the Arts Federal Design Achievement Award for engineering excellence. April 1992 would have marked the 10th anniversary of the start of FFTF scheduled full- power operation.
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