– License transfer/stewardship options
– Decommissioning planning, post‑shutdown transition support
– Backfill material assessment, reuse of clean concrete, and excavation filling
– License Termination Plan (LTP), Final Status Surveys (FSS) and license termination
– Site restoration
of nuclear decommissioning experience with fully integrated D&D offerings.
In September 2010, EnergySolutions announced it officially reached an agreement with Exelon Nuclear to commence decommissioning and site restoration of the Zion Nuclear Power Station located in Illinois. The license stewardship was a first-of-its-kind approach to accelerating the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant. EnergySolutions created a subsidiary called ZionSolutions that acquired all assets and decommissioned the plant as owner and NRC licensee of the facility. All physical work has been completed, and the final status survey awaits NRC approval for a license termination and return of the property and the independent spent fuel storage installation to Exelon.
In April 2019, EnergySolutions signed a contract with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to decommission the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station. The plant operated for 43 years and shut down in 2016.
In October 2019 the California Environmental Quality Act permit was unanimously approved for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) decommissioning project. EnergySolutions has teamed with Southern California Edison (ComEd) to decommission SONGS.
In May 2021, EnergySolutions announced the stock transfer of Kewaunee Power Station (KPS) from Dominion Energy for the purpose of decommissioning the facility. In 2022 the NRC approved the license transfer and in May decommissioning activities commenced. It is estimated decommissioning will be complete in 7-8 years.
In May of 2021, EnergySolutions created a subsidiary called TMI-2 Solutions for the sole purpose of decommissioning Three Mile Island Unit 2 Nuclear Power Plant located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. To support the decommissioning effort EnergySolutions partnered with Jingoli, a nationally ranked contractor/construction manager to complete the project. Since the early 80’s TMI-2 has remained in SAFSTOR, or Post Defueling Monitored Storage (PDMS). On May 1, 2023, the project received NRC approval to transitioned from PDMS to Decontamination. Physical decommissioning work is now underway, most of which is done by robotics.
Radiation Safety and Control Services (RSCS) and EnergySolutions partnered for the decommissioning of the NS Savannah, the first nuclear powered merchant ship. The RSCS-EnergySolutions joint venture is conducting Phase II and Phase III, with remediation expected to be complete mid-2023. In November 2022, the team safely removed, containerized, and transported the reactor for disposal at Clive. The goal of the decommissioning team is to preserve the ship as a national landmark representing one of the first Atoms for Peace projects.
In January 2015, EnergySolutions finalized the license stewardship agreement with Dairyland Power Cooperative and became the licensee responsible for decommissioning the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor (LACBWR) located outside of Genoa, Wisconsin. EnergySolutions safely relocated the spent fuel to an onsite storage facility and removed all radioactive material from the plant footprint. In February 2023, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved license termination and site release for the decommissioning project and to finalize documentation for the plants’ license transfer back to Dairyland Power.
The Southwest Experimental Fast Oxide Reactor (SEFOR) was located near Fayetteville, Arkansas. Decommissioning activities began in 2016 with EnergySolutions – coordination with the University of Arkansas – successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Energy for funding to complete the decommissioning of the facility. Decommissioning activities wrapped up in 2019 on time and budget. All waste from the project was shipped to the Clive Disposal facility, except for the reactor which was containerized and shipped for disposal in Nevada.
EnergySolutions’ personnel, equipment, and facilities for waste transfer, processing and disposal enable us to provide the right level of services to our clients to resolve decommissioning challenges.
License transfers executed at Zion and La Crosse provide a model for transferring D&D risk and liabilities from a utility to another company. Proven ability to commence and accelerate decommissioning operations.