November 18, 2016
NORCROSS, GA — NAC International Inc. (NAC) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) for the supply of NAC-Multi-Purpose Canister (NAC-MPC) dry storage systems and specialized technology to safely package and store 1,936 radioactive capsules currently stored at the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington State. The capsules contain radionuclides and wastes generated during the chemical processing of defense fuel at the Hanford Site. CH2M is DOE’s prime contractor for the safe, environmental cleanup of the Central Plateau at the DOE’s Hanford Site, including management of the WESF. DOE currently plans to implement on-site extended storage of the WESF capsules relying on commercially available dry storage technology and best industry practices.

The scope of the contract includes design, engineering, and fabrication of NAC-MPC storage units and associated equipment, which will provide a safe and secure extended storage solution for the capsules. “The selection of the NAC-MPC system for this project reflects CH2M and DOE’s recognition of NAC’s knowledge and experience in providing industry-leading dry storage technology and efficient solutions for decommissioning nuclear facilities.” said Kent Cole, NAC President and CEO. “We look forward to this significant opportunity to join with the CH2M team and DOE to successfully complete this important project to safely store the WESF capsules at the planned extended storage facility.”

More information on the project is available at this link on the website of the Tri-City Herald, daily newspaper for southeastern Washington state:

The NAC technology chosen for this project leverages proven commercial spent nuclear fuel dry storage technology to provide safe, secure and efficient nuclear waste management solution. With a historical market share of more than 57% of US dry storage systems deployed at commercial nuclear power plant decommissioning projects, NAC is the leading provider of casks and transfer systems to enable successful nuclear facility de-inventory campaigns. This experience includes cask solutions at six commercial nuclear decommissioning projects, de-inventory and transport of used fuel and experimental materials from various research and test reactors and DOE facilities, and most recently, the supply of NAC-MPC systems for the storage of High-Level Waste (HLW) into dry storage casks at the DOE West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).

NAC’s transportable spent fuel storage technologies are among the most widely deployed multipurpose canister systems in the United States. To date, 627 NAC systems have been ordered, and 532 have been fabricated, constructed, and delivered to commercial operating or decommissioned nuclear plants.

NAC is a diversified company specializing in nuclear fuel transport, used fuel management technology and fuel cycle consulting. Since 1968, NAC has been a global leader in providing solutions and services to the nuclear industry, working with both government and commercial organizations. NAC maintains its corporate headquarters in Norcross, GA and a UK-registered branch office in London. NAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen Corporation, a global leader in design and construction of environmental systems, industrial plants, industrial machinery, process equipment, infrastructure-related equipment, disaster prevention systems, and precision machinery.