Recycling a key factor in dismantling of STURGIS floating nuclear power plant
The STURGIS operating in the Panama Canal Zone where it provided power for several years for military and civilian use. The STURGIS, a former World War II Liberty Ship, was converted into the first floating nuclear power plant in the 1960s and operated until its deactivation in 1976. Its final decommissioning and dismantling was completed in early 2019 and in addition to safely removing more than 1.5 million pounds of radioactive material the project team was able to recycle approximately 600,000 pounds of lead and more than 5,000 tons of steel and other assorted recyclables.