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Army Corps of Engineers Dismantles Former Floating Nuclear Plant in Galveston

More than 1.5 million pounds of radioactive waste have been safely removed from the USS Sturgis’ nuclear reactor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, working closely with the Corps’ Galveston District, has recently completed decommissioning of the STURGIS, a former World War II Liberty Ship that was converted into the first floating nuclear power plant in the 1960s.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, working closely with the Corps’ Galveston District, has recently completed decommissioning of the STURGIS, a former World War II Liberty Ship that was converted into the first floating nuclear power plant in the 1960s.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that a former floating nuclear plant in Galveston has been dismantled.

More than 1.5 million pounds of radioactive waste have been safely removed from the USS Sturgis’ nuclear reactor. Additionally, more than 600,000 pounds of lead from the vessel have been recycled.

The removal process has taken three years and the Corps said decommissioning the Army’s first and only floating nuclear reactor prototype is now complete.

The World War II vessel was converted into a barge-mounted nuclear reactor in the 1960s.

The Galveston Daily News reported the ship will be towed to Brownsville later this month, where it will be scrapped.

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