Saxton Nuclear Generating Station
|Saxton Nuclear Experiment Station|
Location of Saxton Nuclear Experiment Station in Pennsylvania
|Location||Liberty Township, Bedford County, near Saxton, Pennsylvania|
|Coordinates||40°13′37″N 78°14′31″W / 40.22694°N 78.24194°WCoordinates: 40°13′37″N 78°14′31″W / 40.22694°N 78.24194°W|
|Status||Decommissioned; site released for unrestricted use|
|Commission date||November 1961|
|Decommission date||May 1972|
|Owner(s)||Saxton Nuclear Experimental Corp (SNEC) and GPU Nuclear|
|Operator(s)||Saxton Nuclear Experimental Corp (SNEC) and GPU Nuclear|
|Nameplate capacity||23.5 MW-thermal|
It had a net power output of 23.5 MW-thermal, and its purposes were primarily to research various aspects of nuclear-reactor technology and to train personnel. The plant was the first to research the use of plutonium for peaceful purposes. It also worked on cooling methods, which were used during the nuclear disasters in Japan in 2011.
The owners/operators were Saxton Nuclear Experimental Corp (SNEC) and General Public Utilities Nuclear.
The plant was shut down in May 1972 and decommissioned. In November 2005, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the site for unrestricted use.
- "NRC ENDS LICENSE FOR SAXTON EXPERIMENTAL FACILITY, RELEASES SITE FOR UNRESTRICTED USE" (PDF). NRC NEWS. US NRC. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "NRC: Saxton". US NRC. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
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