Wednesday, February 2, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Officials say part of the Savannah River Site's most iconic symbols of the nuclear age has been removed.
Contractors on Tuesday dismantled the 75-foot-fall orange dome above a test reactor named "Hector."
The reactor -- a relic from the Cold War -- was built in 1959 and designed to test experimental fuel assemblies for commercial heavy-water power reactors.
It has been inactive for decades since the federal government decided in the 1960s to pursue other reactor designs.
The dome removal is part of a $25 million reactor decommissioning and deactivation project being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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