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03-066
For Release: October 17, 2003

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


Plum Brook Reactor Facility Decommissioning Update Scheduled

The Fifth Annual Community Information Session on the decommissioning of the closed Reactor Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Sandusky High School Cafeteria at 2130 Hayes Avenue in Sandusky.

The Information Session will provide an informal atmosphere in which to find out about the progress NASA has made, what comes next and what is involved in dismantling the facility. The public may browse through a series of displays about the decommissioning and subjects related to the project. 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. Printed information including fact sheets and the latest edition of the Decommissioning Newsletter will be available.

The quarterly meeting of the Community Workgroup for the decommissioning of the closed Reactor Facility will precede the Community Information Center from 6-7 p.m. at the same location. 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 public is welcome to attend this meeting, which provides an opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns.

Media representatives are welcome at both the Community Workgroup Meeting and the Community Information Session. Those 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 had been in safe, dry storage, held under a 'Possess But Do Not Operate' license agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 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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