Workers at Savannah River Sites H Canyon have completed a mission to process the last highly enriched uranium components from an aging Nevada Test Site reactor once used to test nuclear weapons components.
The reactor, called the Super Kukla Prompt Burst Reactor, operated from 1964 to 1978 and produced pulses of neutron and gamma radiation to measure how well nuclear warhead components withstood such bombardment.
When the reactor was disassembled, parts were sent first to the Department of Energys Oak Ridge facility, and later to Savannah River Site, where the material was successfully dissolved and blended down in H Canyon.
The resulting low enriched uranium will be shipped to the Tennessee Valley Authority for conversion to commercial reactor fuel. It will eventually be used at the Browns Ferry facility in Alabama, which provides power for homes across the Southeast.