United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

General Electric Co. - General Electric Test Reactor (GETR)

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Research and Test Reactor Facility
Location: Sunol, CA
License No.: TR-1
Docket No.: 50-70
License Status: In storage. Decommissioning delayed until other reactor and nuclear facilities onsite are decommissioned.
Project Manager: Jack Parrott

2.0 Site Status Summary

NRC issued a possession-only license for GETR on February 5, 1986. The license was renewed on September 30, 1992. The facility has been maintained in storage condition. The site has shutdown power reactors, an operating research reactor, and has hot cells that are used for power reactor fuel post irradiation examination. The licensee plans to maintain the facility in storage until ongoing nuclear activities are terminated and the entire site can be decommissioned.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

In 2015, the licensee, GE Hitachi, began a licensing process to exempt the power reactors at the site from the 60-year decommissioning schedule limit of 10 CFR 50.82(a)(3).  Due to the licensee's plans to provide an integrated site decommissioning, this exemption would affect the estimated timing of GETR decommissioning.  The request is under NRC review.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure

2025*

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

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, July 19, 2018