November 13, 2015
NORCROSS, Ga. — NAC International Inc. (NAC) is pleased to announce the successful first-time deployment of its NAC-MPC technology for the dry storage of vitrified high level waste (HLW) at a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear decommissioning project. This first-of-its-kind accomplishment was achieved on November 10th, with the emplacement of one NAC-MPC system containing five (5) HLW canisters into a newly built onsite dry storage facility at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in West Valley, New York.

A highly talented team led by the site prime contractor, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC (CHBWV), completed the safe and successful loading of the first HLW canister as part of the WVDP Phase I Decommissioning Project, which includes the relocation of HLW to an onsite dry storage facility. In 2012, CHBWV awarded a contract to NAC for the supply of its transportable NAC-MPC dry storage systems and related engineering services required to implement HLW dry storage at the WVDP. According to an earlier DOE announcement, this is the first time in U.S. history that HLW was placed in long-term, outdoor storage. NAC is proud to support this first-time implementation of its commercially available dry storage technology for the interim storage of HLW at a DOE site. DOE’s announcement can be found at the following link:

“NAC congratulates the West Valley team for successful completion of this significant milestone” said Kent Cole, NAC President and CEO. “This achievement demonstrates the collaboration of all the parties involved to safely and efficiently implement a state of the art dry storage system that also enables efficient future transportation of the high level waste offsite for final disposition. The selection of the NAC-MPC system for this project reflects DOE’s recognition of NAC’s knowledge and experience in providing industry-leading technology and efficient solutions for decommissioning nuclear sites. We look forward to supporting the West Valley team and DOE to successfully complete this important project. The NAC technology chosen for this project leverages the value of commercial spent nuclear fuel dry storage technology to provide safe, secure and efficient high level waste management.”

In all, 55 NAC-MPC systems will be required to relocate all of the 275 HLW canisters into dry storage at WVDP. NAC’s transportable spent fuel storage technologies are among the most widely deployed multipurpose canister systems in the United States. To date, more than 450 NAC multipurpose (storage and transport) canister systems have been fabricated, constructed and delivered to commercial or decommissioned nuclear plants. NAC is a diversified company specializing in nuclear fuel transport, spent fuel and high level waste management technologies and fuel cycle consulting. Since 1968, NAC has been a leader in providing solutions and services to the nuclear industry throughout the world, working with government and commercial organizations. NAC maintains its corporate headquarters in Norcross, Ga., and has a branch office in London. NAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen Corporation.