Nuclear agency OKs NASA Plum Brook decomissioning

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials recently permitted administrators to shred NASA Plum Brook Station's license to produce radioactive toxins.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 19, 2012


NASA Plum Brook Reactor Facility’s decommissioning project began in 1999, one year after NRC representatives suggested NASA administrators remove all contents in and around the station's reactor facility.

NASA administrators ideally want to transform the area, now considered a "greenfield," into its original hardwood wetlands condition.

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Second Opinion

We have been told for years that there wasn't any danger and no radiation work done there, now they have to get permission from the NRC.
Seems talking from both sides of the mouth were made for many years.


More than likely there is not any danger otherwise they would not be trying to restore it to hardwood wetlands (not to mention we would be seeing mutated deer/wildlife if that were the case). There will always be residual radiation from nuclear experiments and the equipment that was in place to perform those experiments (and Nuclear does not always mean Nuclear Power, it could mean anything that is considered radioactive). It doesn't matter what the radiation levels or type, if it is radioactive I am pretty sure the NRC has control over all of that and it needs to follow proper procedures for decommissioning.


@Second Opinion, it was never hidden. NASA published what was going on there and published it well. At no time did anyone ever deny that no radiation work was being done at the Reactor. Why else would you have a research reactor. Also, I think that the headline of "Radioactive Toxins" is missleading and wreaks of ignorance on the topic. Also, keep in mind that this was a very low powered research reactor. Not a power reactor that most people are familiar with.


yeah buy a newspaper on the street this rag on line don't work 2 days this week about ready to dump it keep the free paper. if you have a ipod get an ap for assoc. press for out of town news and the corrior journal in Louiville ky will give you 106 comics that we all read growing up. no need for this rag


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As part of the original team formed by NASA to address decommissioning (in 1996 - 1997), there was never anything hidden from the public.

The Decommissioning Team was emphatic about the fact that the entire progress would be transparent and open to the public, and it was - start to finish. Heavens, there was even a book written and movie made about the significant history of the site, the reactor and the decommissioning.

Sorry (to those of you with complaints or concerns) who didn't get the memo.

Phil Packer

There's no Columbus Ave/Taylor Rd cancer cluster, as far as I know.

Second Opinion

Thanks to all for the clarifications.
I would like to see that movie/video, I'll try to hunt it down in the next week or so.


NASA has always been open and transparent about the decommissioning of the
low power nuclear reactor. They had citizen meetings and newsletters and
news reports quite often. I've seen the movie. It was very informative
and interesting.

Free Man
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swiss cheese kat

Nobody knows how much radioactive material was released from NASA's Plum Brook Station.

The contamination, believed to have stemmed from a pinhole leak that was never detected while the plant operated between 1961 and 1973, wasn't documented until the fall of 2005.

Free Man

OK.. now for the rest of it !! Clean it Up !! Tear it Down..