La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor - LACBWR
The La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor (LACBWR) was built in 1967 as part of a joint project with the federal Atomic Energy Commission to demonstrate the peacetime use of nuclear power; Dairyland built the turbine, generator and plant auxiliary systems. In 1973, the reactor and fuel were transferred to Dairyland Power Cooperative. At the time, both parties believed spent nuclear fuel would be reprocessed and would not become a long-term storage problem. Reprocessing was terminated through a presidential executive order by Jimmy Carter in April 1977.
LACBWR was shut down and placed in SAFSTOR in April 1987. The used fuel remains on-site. Although the fuel was safe in LACBWR’s storage pool, it was not intended as a long-term storage solution. Additionally, Dairyland could not proceed with final decommissioning of the facility while the fuel was on site.
Dairyland prepared for several years to remove LACBWR’s used fuel from the fuel pool and place it into a dry cask storage system on the south end of Dairyland’s Genoa Site. The fuel is monitored around the clock at the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation site (ISFSI), in accordance with NRC regulations.
The project to safely and efficiently transfer used nuclear fuel from Dairyland’s LACBWR shut-down nuclear facility to the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) on the south end of the Genoa Site (Genoa, Wis.) was completed in September 2012.
Final decommissioning of the LACBWR facility is nearing completion. It is estimated to be completed in late 2019 when the licensed area of the LACBWR site will be reduced to the ISFSI area.