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04-074
For Release: October 13, 2004

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


PLUM BROOK REACTOR FACILITY DECOMMISSIONING UPDATE SCHEDULED

The Sixth Annual Community Information Session (CIS) on the decommissioning of the closed Reactor Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station will take place on Tuesday, October 19, from 7 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 learn about the progress made on the decommissioning over the last year. Members of NASA's Decommissioning Team and the project's Community Workgroup will be on hand to meet community members and answer their questions. Printed information including fact sheets and the latest edition of the Decommissioning Newsletter will be available. In addition to a series of displays about the decommissioning, there will also be information about the other research facilities at Plum Brook and the exciting research that takes place in them.

An important part of NASA's mission is the focus on education. The CIS presents an excellent educational opportunity for students of all ages and their parents. The evening will include a limited-seating showing of the documentary video "Of Ashes and Atoms" which premiered in July at the Sandusky State Theater. There will also be a display of artifacts and photographs shown in the documentary for those interested in history.

The quarterly meeting of the Community Workgroup for the decommissioning of the closed Reactor Facility will precede the CIS at 5:30 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 for them to raise questions and concerns.

Media representatives are welcome at both the Community Workgroup Meeting and the CIS.

Further information is 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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