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NRC Approves B&W's Request to Dismantle Building at Pennsylvania Site


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U. S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
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No. 99-68
April 7, 1999

NRC APPROVES B&W'S REQUEST TO DISMANTLE BUILDING AT PENNSYLVANIA SITE

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved B&W Technologies, Inc.'s request to dismantle a structure known as Building B at its Parks Township, Pennsylvania, facility.

B&W has removed most of the building's residual radioactive material contamination. However, the company's final survey report accompanying the dismantlement request showed that contamination in some areas exceeds NRC limits for unrestricted use. Plans therefore call for such material to be disposed of off-site as radioactive waste.

The company's request to dismantle the building, submitted last November, included a commitment to carry out appropriate radiological and dust controls during dismantlement operations.

NRC staff reviewed the request and supplemental information and coordinated the review and approval with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

B&W conducted licensed operations at the Parks Township site from the late 1950's until the present. These operations included the processing of nuclear material and the decontamination of equipment from other nuclear facilities.

The company has been decommissioning above-ground structures at the site in accordance with an NRC-approved plan since 1995.

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