Westinghouse begins demolition of US test reactor

11 October 2010

Westinghouse Electric Company has begun the demolition and removal of the retired test reactor outer structure at its Waltz Mill facility near Madison, Pennsylvania.

The reactor at Waltz Mill was one of the world’s first commercial nuclear test reactors.

The demolition project started in September 2010 and is expected to be completed within six months, weather permitting. It is part of the site's continued remediation plans, which include decontamination or removal of structures and areas that were used as part of test reactor operations between 1959 and 1962.

The test reactor vessel was removed in 2000; the remaining structure is a large, white-domed containment building used to house the test reactor.

Siempelkamp Nuclear Services, Inc., from West Columbia, South Carolina is the general contractor for this demolition project. Siempelkamp has subcontracted NOVA Environmental Services, Inc. to remove the containment building structure.


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