CR nuke plant decommissioning under way

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Complex, costly process ahead

Special to the Citizen

The lengthy, complex, costly process of closing the Crystal River nuclear plant is under way.

The decommissioning has started at the Crystal River area nuclear plant. It is an expensive, complicated process, which includes workforce reduction.

While decommissioning will not officially begin until Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements are met, Duke Energy Florida has a transition organization in place led by director Terry Hobbs.

It also has a trust fund to finance the process and redeployment plans for some of the affected workers.

Though the decision to retire the plant, known as CR3, came Feb. 5, the fund for financing decommission dates back to 1982 and involves the nine minority co-owners. Duke owns 91.8 percent of the plant and the other owners have separate decommissioning trust funds relating to their percentage of ownership. 

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