Reactor Decommissioning History
Peach Bottom 1
revised 2010-02-22


Peach Bottom - stopped in 1974

was a commercial PWR power reactor. It had a generating capacity of 72 MWe (sources also state 60MWe and 90MWe). Startup was in 1957 and shutdown was in 1982. This was a pressurized light-water breeder reactor of Westinghouse design.

Dismantlement of the facility began in September 1985. In Dedcemebr 1988 the 956-ton vessel assembly was removed from the containment building.

Reactor Decommissioning Specifics

Internals Removal

Reactor Vessel Removal
The vessel assembly was shipped off site (to Washington state) as a whole.

Segmentation and Packaging Plan (S&P Plan)
Plan unknown.

Key People

General Electric (GE).

The reactor was conceaved for two uses in mind: prototype for commercial power generation and for powerign aircraft carriers.

Related Publications and Documents
Lift of Shippingport Reator Pressure Vessel" by David Duerr for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management Vol 116, No. 1, March 1990.

The NRC's web page on Feb 22, 2010.
IAEA Bulletin, Winter 1985 "Decommissioning US DOE nuclear facilities" by Edward G. Delaney.
The Wikipedia web page on Feb 22, 2010.
The webpage on Feb 22, 2010.
"Beyon Engineering: How Society Shapes Technlogy" by Robert Pool.
"Lift of Shippingport Reator Pressure Vessel" by David Duerr

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