By Mark Kanz
A major milestone in the decommissioning of the Kewaunee Power Station nuclear plant was reached recently. Workers removed the final used fuel bundle from the plant’s spent fuel pool and placed it in outdoor dry storage. With the spent fuel pool now empty, Dominion’s Manager of Nuclear Fleet Communications Richard Zuercher says 90 of the remaining 140 people at the site will be leaving over the next nine months.
Zuercher says the economic combination of low natural gas prices and cheap coal made turning a profit impossible for Dominion. The timeline for completely decommissioning the nuclear plant is 60 years long. Zuercher says passersby won’t notice major changes at the site in the near future. About 50 workers will remain to monitor and guard the outdoor fuel storage area.