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General Atomics (State of California)

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1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Unknown
Location: San Diego ,CA
License No.: 0145
Docket No.:
License Status: Unknown
Project Manager: Kim Conway (NRC Decommissioning Contact)

2.0 Site Status Summary

Founded in 1955 as a division of General Dynamics, General Atomics is now privately owned. The company developed nuclear power reactor systems and TRIGA® research reactors, and has conducted extensive nuclear research and development for the United States government and private industry. The company's main facilities are located in San Diego, CA. General Atomics continues to provide certain services, research and development, and manufacture and distribution of devices that use radioactive materials. General Atomics holds a Broad Scope Type A license from State of California, which was renewed in 2006. A large decommissioning effort, however, has been ongoing during the past 15 years. A broad spectrum of radioactive materials had been used at those facilities that have undergone decommissioning. Criteria for release to unrestricted use are dependent upon the specific radionuclide. Criteria are provided for surface contamination, volumetric contamination, and exposure rate. The main site occupies approximately 60 acres. Eighty percent of the site has been decommissioned and released for unrestricted use. Another ten percent of the site has been decommissioned, but has not yet been released for unrestricted use by the State of California.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

In addition to its State of California license, General Atomics holds an NRC SNM license. The SNM license only authorizes activities related to decommissioning. In 1999, an agreement was reached between State of California and NRC regarding potentially overlapping regulation of decommissioning activities. NRC plans to terminate the SNM license in 2008; however, one major facility needs to be released from the State of California license before the SNM license can be terminated.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, March 29, 2012