NASA Plans To Dismantle Reactor Next Month

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The government next month will begin removing a nuclear reactor at a closed research center, said officials at NASA's Glenn Research Center.

The project at the shuttered Plum Brook Research Station is expected to be finished in 2007, said NASA spokeswoman Sally Harrington.

Removing low-level radioactive waste from the site and knocking down the remaining structures will start in January, she said.

From 1962 to 1973, the facility housed a nuclear reactor to conduct research on the effects of radiation on metal. It was part of a program to develop nuclear-powered rocket engines.

The reactor last operated in 1973 and the nuclear fuel was removed from the site that year.

About 70 people will work on the dismantling project. The waste will be transported to South Carolina or Utah.

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