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01-082
For Release: October 22, 2001

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov


Note To Editors/News Directors:

Information Update Scheduled

The quarterly meeting of the Community Workgroup for the decommissioning of the closed Reactor Facility at NASA Glenn's Plum Brook Station is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Perkins High School, 3714 South Campbell Street in Perkins Township. Following this meeting, in the same location between 7:30 and 9 p.m., will be the third annual Community Information Session about the Decommissioning Project.

The Workgroup meetings provide NASA a vehicle for disseminating information on the decommissioning process to the members of the Workgroup and the community. Members of the Workgroup consist of Erie County health and public safety professionals and representatives from the educational, environmental and minority communities. The meeting also provides an opportunity for the public to raise questions and concerns.

The Information Session provides an informal atmosphere in which to browse through a series of displays on subjects related to the project, which include the decommissioning process, monitoring, health and safety, pre-decommissioning activities, the environmental assessment, and packaging and transporting waste. Glenn and Plum Brook staff members and other members of the decommissioning project team will be on hand to discuss the process, provide additional information and answer questions. Fact sheets and the first edition of the Decommissioning Newsletter will also be available.

Media representatives not attending the Workgroup meeting are welcome to arrive at the Information Session between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to view the displays or speak with project team members prior to the public's arrival.

The closed Reactor Facility has been in safe, dry and protected storage, held under a 'Possess But Do Not Operate' license agreement with the NRC, since operations were suspended and the fuel was safely removed in 1973. The facility contains a 60-megawatt nuclear reactor and a 100-kilowatt mock-up reactor that were used to study the effects of radiation on materials used in space flight from 1962 to 1973.

Further information in available via the Decommissioning Information Line at 1-800-260-3838 or the Decommissioning Website at http://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/pbrf

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