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UA meeting set on nuke site clean-up

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | March 15, 2017 at 3:24 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Leaders of a clean-up project at a nuclear reactor test site will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Strickler Fire Department building.

Topics will include work updates since January for the Southwest Experimental Fast Oxide Reactor site located on University of Arkansas-owned land about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville.

UA last year was awarded a $10.5 million clean-up grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The 20-megawatt reactor ceased operations in the 1970s, with UA taking ownership of the site in 1975. But it has not been used since 1986.

University officials say the grant money covers a significant phase of clean-up, but more funds are needed to return the site to a "greenfield" status. An estimated 400 people attended a Jan. 19 open house event, which is also scheduled to be discussed at Thursday's meeting.

Metro on 03/15/2017

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