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Shippingport Atomic Power Plant

Also Known As: SAPP
State: Pennsylvania
Location: Shippingport
Time Period: 1984-1995 (remediation)
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: Shippingport Atomic Power Station, located in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, was one of the first large-scale nuclear power plants in the world.

**Consistent with the Act, coverage is limited to activities not performed under the responsibility of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program.

*FACILITY DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
The SAPS Site is located in the Borough of Shippingport, Beaver County Pennsylvania, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Pittsburgh (Figure 1). The site occupies approximately 3 hectares (7.5 acres) which is leased from the Duquesne Light Company by the U.S. Department of Energy. Figure 2 is a plot plan of the SAPS Site prior to decommissioning. The facility consisted of a 72-MWe pressurized water reactor and associated structures, fuel handling building with a 125 ton main crane and canal, radioactive waste treatment facilities, turbine building, test and training building, and administration I building. These latter three structures are owned by Duquesne Light and were not dismantled during the decommissioning effort. The main components associated with the reactor were the reactor pressure vessel, which contained the fuel, and four primary coolant loops. The entireprimary coolant system was enclosed in four 3.2 cm (1-1/4 inch) thick steel chambers. These steelchambers were inside concrete enclosures, with walls ranging in thickness from 1 to 2 meters (3 to 7 feet). The remaining large buildings were of concrete, reinforced concrete or brick construction. The radioactive waste treatment facilities consisted primarily of buried vaults and trenches.

SAPS was a joint project between the Federal Government and the Duquesne Light Company, the purposes of which were to demonstrate pressurized water reactor technology and to generate electricity. The reactor and steam generating portions of the project were owned by DOE, and the electrical generating portions by Duquesne Light. Duquesne Light operated the plant under the supervision of the DOE office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Naval Reactors. Criticality was achieved in 1957 and the reactor operated until 1982 during which time three cores of fuel were utilized. The first two cores were PWR cores and the last, installed in 1977, was a light water breeder reactor 2 core. The reactor was shutdown in October of 1982 at which time end-of-life testing and defueling was performed. GE began decommissioning the SAPS Site in 1984 and completed decommissioning in 1989.
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Listing:
Shippingport Atomic Power Plant is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Compensation:
As of 05/17/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the Shippingport Atomic Power Plant is $1,886,891.

Shippingport Atomic Power Plant Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, even if your claim has been accepted or denied.

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