Crystal River 3 – Duke Energy

On Oct. 1, 2020, Accelerated Decommissioning Partners and Duke Energy completed a transaction to begin decontamination and dismantlement of the Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Citrus County, Fla., in 2020 instead of 2067 – nearly 50 years sooner than originally planned.

The process involves removing, packaging and shipping radioactive materials, such as the reactor vessel, to an off-site licensed disposal facility and then demolishing buildings.

Under the contract reached in May 2019, Duke Energy remains the Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed owner of the nuclear plant, property and equipment (except the dry cask storage facility assets) and retains ownership and control of the trust fund that pays for the decommissioning.

Duke Energy will also continue to have access to the site and will pay Accelerated Decommissioning Partners only for work completed.

Accelerated Decommissioning Partners became the Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed operator responsible for decommissioning the plant in compliance with all state and federal regulations.

Accelerated Decommissioning Partners also became responsible for operating and maintaining the on-site dry cask storage facility and owns the dry cask storage system assets, including the used nuclear fuel assemblies.

Crystal River 3 Decommissioning website

Vermont Yankee

The ADP member companies, NorthStar and Orano, developed and completed the industry’s first license transfer of a shutdown reactor from a utility to a private entity in the Vermont Yankee transaction. As the leading global demolition company and, now, as the VY site owner, NorthStar is efficiently managing and performing the complex requirements of a safe and correct accelerated decommissioning project.

As a subcontractor on the NorthStar team, Orano is applying its global expertise to segment and package the reactor vessel and its internal machinery, and monitor the used nuclear fuel stored on the onsite Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI).

Today, the accelerated decommissioning is well underway and progressing on time and on budget with no regulatory issues.

Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Website

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As a leading and experienced provider of nuclear energy facility decommissioning, used fuel management, and other services, ADP takes maximum advantage of lessons learned documented from our own experience and throughout the industry globally.

Through its members companies, ADP brings experience from different aspects of many U.S. nuclear energy decommissioning projects, including Connecticut Yankee, Maine Yankee, Millstone 1, Rancho Seco and Yankee Rowe.