Removal of SEFOR radioactive material celebrated


A final public meeting was held to celebrate the completion of a project to remove SEFOR, a decommissioned nuclear test reactor on University of Arkansas property.

All radioactive material has officially been removed from the site.

New aerial video shows the progress that’s been made since the final phase began in 2017.

The SEFOR test reactor operated in the early 1970s before it was permanently shut down.

Since 1975, the U of A has been the caretaker of that facility.

When the U of A decided to get rid of it all together, the process didn’t happen overnight.

Tthe biggest challenges were the plant itself is a very unique plant or was a very unique plant. It had extremely thick concrete walls that were impregnated with magnetite which made it very dense,” said Dean Wheeler, SEFOR project director.

“Next is we probably have things settle out a little bit to see what senior leadership wants to do short, medium and long-term for the 620 acres,” said Mike Johnson, associate vice chancellor for facilities.

The project was completed on time and within its budget.

While Thursday’s meeting was the tenth and last to commemorate the project, it still requires final approval from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Energy. That is expected by mid-May.

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