The Georgia Tech Research Reactor (GTRR) is a 5-megawatt (MW) heavy-water-cooled nuclear reactor located on the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) campus in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. On July 1, 1997, Georgia Tech administration notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of their intent to decommission the GTRR. In the summer of 1999, the NRC issued a license amendment to decommission the GTRR in accordance with NRC’s Regulatory Guide 1.86. In the spring of 1999, Georgia Tech and the State of Georgia contracted CH2M HILL to serve as the Executive Engineer to manage the decommissioning project. Later in the summer of 1999, the IT Corporation was selected as the Decommissioning Contractor. The Decommissioning Contractor began the dismantlement process at the Georgia Tech site in November, 1999. By February, 2000, reactor support systems such as the primary and secondary cooling water systems, and the bismuth cooling system were removed and packaged for off-site disposal. Reactor internals were removed in April, 2000. Removal of the bioshield occurred from May through November, 2000. Throughout January, 2001, various concrete structures, including the Spent Fuel Storage Hole, were decontaminated. Dismantlement and decontamination activities were completed by April, 2001. The Final Survey Report to the NRC is planned to be submitted to the NRC December, 2001, 2001. Final license termination by the NRC is anticipated in the spring of 2002.

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