Nuclear Envir. Restoration, Remediation & Closure Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company


Courtesy of CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

Maine Yankee Atomic Power Plant Decommissioning

Project Description

Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company contracted with CH2M HILL to provide environmental restoration and remediation support associated with the decommissioning of its nuclear facility in Wiscassett, Maine, along with termination of the plant’s NRC operating license. The project represents one of the first large-scale nuclear plant decommissioning projects in the country and involves ground-breaking regulatory decision making. One of CH2M HILL’s key roles for this project involves working with regulators to streamline regulatory processes and negotiate closure requirements on behalf of our client, saving the client millions of dollars.

Maine Yankee began commercial operation in December 1972 and has operated in the present location for approximately 26 years. The plant permanently ceased operation as an electricity generator in August 1997, but continues to operate a spent nuclear fuel storage facility. The plant is currently in the process of decommissioning, which will involve the demolition and removal of most existing structures on the site. A new facility for dry cask storage of used nuclear fuel and greater than Class C radioactive waste is currently under construction.

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