The SM-1A Project Team has begun implementation of the SM-1A Decommissioning and Dismantlement project with Aptim-Amentum Alaska Decommissioning, LLC (A3D).
The SM-1A team participated in an on-site kickoff meeting at Fort Greely during the week of 23-27 October 2023. USACE, A3D, the Fort Greely Garrison team, and our Regulator, the Army Reactor Office, gathered together for in-depth discussions regarding project schedule, preparatory work for the site, and risk mitigation efforts for the project. The team also met with the Delta Junction City Administration to discuss the positive impacts on the local community. A brief video highlighting some of the kickoff meeting is posted to our YouTube channel.
The first major focus for the team is to perform a Vapor Container entry in January 2024 to conduct additional characterization work on the encasement materials. The team will be coordinating all efforts with the Garrison, including the Fire Department.
Our next major project goal is to mobilize to the site by next summer, which will involve completion of our project deliverables to our Regulator. Significant engineering and planning will take place over the next six months to assist the SM-1A team with accomplishing this goal.
Decommissioning and dismantlement activities will continue through 2029.
The decommissioning contract includes all aspects of the project, including the removal of all reactor components; transportation and disposal of material; site cleanup; and restoration. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team continues to partner with our decommissioning contractor to ensure all aspects of the project are done with safety as the top priority. The USACE team overseeing the SM-1A decommissioning has a proven track record of safely carrying out a broad array of radiological projects around the world. This includes the complete decommissioning of one of SM-1A’s sister reactors (the Army’s deactivated MH-1A nuclear reactor onboard the STURGIS vessel — the world’s first floating nuclear power plant), and the same team is implementing the decommissioning of the SM-1, the sister plant in Virginia.
Thank you all again for choosing to be a part of this process with us as progress with the decommissioning and dismantling of the deactivated SM-1A. More project information is always available on our project website. As a reminder, the team has limited abilities to host site visits, so we have prepared a virtual tour of the site to allow everyone to see the site firsthand. The video is available for viewing on YouTube.
If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the SM-1A project, please feel free to reach out to the team at CENAB-SM1A@usace.army.mil.