HFBR Control Rod Blades Removed

February 2009

HFBR Control Rod Blades Removed

Loading DOT-approved cask for HFBR control rod blade shipment off-site

In early 2009, as part of the remedy specificed in the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) Record of Decision (ROD), the reactor's beam plugs and control rod blades were removed from the reactor vessel and transported off-site for disposal. As a result, the radiological inventory of the HFBR was reduced by 35 percent.

The ROD also calls for additional near-term actions that include dismantling the remaining ancillary buildings, removing contaminated underground utilities and piping, and preparing the confinement building for safe storage. The work is estimated to cost $144 million. Completion of a number of these activities has been accelerated to 2011 as a result of funding made available in March 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).