Seabrook Station was designed to store 20 years' worth of spent nuclear fuel on site. Every 18 months, spent fuel assemblies are rotated out and new ones put in. During this time, the plant is shut down for about three weeks. To remove the spent fuel assemblies, plant workers fill the tank above the reactor, take off the lid, pull out the spent assemblies, and put them here for storage. Water acts as a shield against the radioactive material in the assemblies. This is a photo of a presentation shown by a Seabrook Station employee.
October 1, 2010 10:25 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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