General Electric Co. – Vallecitos Boiling Water Reactor (VBWR)

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor
Location: Sunol, CA
License No.: DPR-1
Docket No.: 50-18
License Status: SAFSTOR
Project Manager: Jack Parrott

2.0 Site Status Summary

The VBWR was shutdown in 1963 and NRC issued a possession-only license in 1965. The license was renewed in 1973 and has remained effective under the provisions of 10 CFR 50.51(b). The facility has been maintained in SAFSTOR condition. The licensee plans to maintain the facility in SAFSTOR until ongoing site nuclear activities are terminated and the entire site can be decommissioned in an integrated fashion. The spent fuel has been removed from the site.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

In 2015, the licensee, GE Hitachi, began a licensing process to exempt the VBWR from the 60-year decommissioning schedule limit of 10 CFR 50.82(a)(3). The request is currently under NRC review.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


*If the above exemption request is approved, the estimated date for closure would be 2041.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, March 09, 2021