Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the CR3 project called accelerated decommissioning?

Crystal River 3 was originally scheduled to be decommissioned under the SAFSTOR model, which would leave the facility in a static shutdown state for 60 years. Instead, ADP’s advanced technology and procedures enable the facility to begin decommissioning now and be completed by 2027—more than 50 years earlier than originally planned.

What happens when a nuclear reactor is decommissioned?

The accelerated decommissioning process is closely regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Low-level radioactive materials, such as the reactor vessel, are dismantled and segmented into manageable pieces, packaged in shielded containers, and shipped to a licensed disposal facility. Non-radioactive structures, such as buildings, are demolished and the waste shipped to a licensed disposal facility. The used nuclear fuel will remain securely managed onsite until an off-site national used fuel repository or a consolidated interim storage facility is established and operating. See the Process page for more information.

What licensing and ownership transfers occurred between Duke Energy and ADP?

Duke Energy remains the Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed owner of the Crystal River nuclear facility, the property, and the equipment (except the dry cask storage facility assets), and retains ownership and control of the trust fund that pays for the decommissioning.

Accelerated Decommissioning Partners is now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed operator responsible for decommissioning the facility. Also, ADP now owns the used nuclear fuel and is responsible for operating and maintaining the onsite used fuel storage facility. See the original press release announcing the transfer.

Who will perform the decommissioning work?

As a one-stop shop, ADP brings under one roof all the key skills, experience, equipment, and assets required to perform all aspects of the project. All scopes of work are performed through efficiently integrated in-house capabilities leveraging our unique business model, technology, and stakeholder engagement strategies.

How is ADP paid for its work?

The decommissioning expenses are paid on a fixed price basis by Duke Energy from the Decommissioning Trust Fund as ADP completes each section of work.

Does security continue at the site?

Yes, 24-hour security, emergency response, and radiological and environmental monitoring programs continue during and after decommissioning until the used nuclear fuel is removed from the site.