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La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor Facility
Location: Genoa, WI
License No.: DPR-45
Docket No.: 50-409
License Status: DECON
Project Manager: Marlayna Vaaler

2.0 Site Status Summary

The La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor (LACBWR) is owned and was operated by the Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC). LACBWR was a nuclear power plant of nominal 50 Mw electrical output, which utilized a forced-circulation, direct-cycle boiling water reactor as its heat source. The plant is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Vernon County, Wisconsin. The plant was one of a series of demonstration plants funded, in part, by the U.S Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The nuclear steam supply system and its auxiliaries were funded by the AEC, and the balance of the plant was funded by DPC. The Allis-Chalmers Company was the original licensee; the AEC later sold the plant to DPC and provided them with a provisional operating license.

LACBWR was shut down on April 30, 1987. The SAFSTOR decommissioning plan (DP) was approved on August 7, 1991. The DP is considered the post-shutdown decommissioning activities report (PSDAR). The PSDAR public meeting was held on May 13, 1998. DPC developed an onsite independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) and moved the spent fuel to the ISFSI in 2012. DPC had been conducting dismantlement and decommissioning activities until the middle of 2014, when it was decided to return the facility to SAFSTOR until additional personnel resources can be acquired to complete the decommissioning effort.

On June 1, 2016, the license was  transferred from DPC to LaCrosse Solutions for the purpose of completing decommissioning at LACBWR. Decommissioning activities at the site are substantially complete with only the subsurface structures remaining.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

The license termination plan (LTP) for LACBWR was submitted on June 27, 2016.  Review by the NRC staff is currently underway with approval expected in late 2018.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


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