HFBR Goes Into 65-Year Storage

August 2010

HFBR Goes Into 65-Year Storage

The lock is placed on the HFBR door

On August 24, 2010, the doors of the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) were closed and locked. They'll remain that way for up to 65 years, until radiation levels in the large components (reactor vessel and internals, and thermal and biological shield) naturally decay to a point where the reactor may be removed safely.

With the support of the Department of Energy, federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, and input from BNL's Community Advisory Council, significant progress has been made in the decommissioning of the reactor. Contaminated ancillary structures, underground pipes and ducts, and the control rod blades and beam plugs were removed and the facility was placed in a stable, safe-storage, state.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management provided American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to complete the near-term work agreed to in the 2009 Record of Decision well ahead of the 2020 cleanup deadline.