Source: The | June 16, 2019

The Navy is taking a second look at whether to send nuclear reactor compartments from the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Hanford for disposal.

In 2012, the Department of Defense found no issues that would prevent the defueled reactor compartments of the U.S. Navy’s USS Enterprise from being disposed of at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

But a new study is being launched after the Navy identified commercial disposal alternatives, which might cut costs.

Options are being considered to set a standard that the Navy may use for decades to come as the Navy’s Nimitz-class carriers also are retired, according to Government Accountability Office.

A GAO study in August estimated the cost of dismantling and disposing of the Enterprise at $1 billion.

An open house is June 27 in Richland to share information about possible alternatives for the disposal of the aircraft carrier, including its nuclear reactor compartments.

The USS Enterprise was commissioned in 1961 and served for more than 50 years, sailing 1 million miles.

It served during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.

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