To alleviate your fears

kmkat our commenter on Red Sky at Night was afraid that this barge with reactor core was headed down the river to be dumped in the ocean. Unlike the old USSR, the US takes care of our retired nuclear fleet a little more responsibly and with the BEST AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY at any given time. (your tax dollars at work) She was extremely relieved when I told her what was going on in the picture!!
The subs are dismantled at one of the naval bases here in WA state, barged up the Columbia River (so this barge is headed up river not down, and not shown in the picture is a lead tug), taken off the barge with BIG cranes and put on a trailer rig with like 72 cushie tires on it ( I did the conceptual drawing for the rig about 20-25 years ago so it might actually have 36 wheels, I forget). It then crawls from Richland WA at 4-4.5 mph at night (or weekend afternoon) up the private federal hiway to the Hanford Site where the rest of the sub cores and other reactor cores (all contained) are stored in an open pit. Here’s an article about it.

Just in case, any anti-nuke, or politcal comments will immediatly deleted.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kmkat
    Sep 20, 2007 @ 18:22:32

    Thanks, KitKat! I feel better.


  2. Theresa Lindamood
    Sep 24, 2007 @ 07:41:37

    This was interesting for me to see. My brother is in the Navy and works on a Nuclear submarine and the manned deep submersibles for almost twenty years. If I think about it too much it scares me! I had no idea what the core looked like.


  3. Sachi
    Oct 03, 2007 @ 08:30:10

    I think that, when you live with the Navy and Hanford like we do, we forget that much of the rest of the world has no idea how things are handled. Thanks for being a responsible citizen and informing when and where you are able. 🙂


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