Letter from President Truman

1950
President Truman announces that the United States will accelerate the atomic energy program.

1950
Curtis Nelson, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), and Robert K. Mason, DuPont, are selected as managers for a yet-to-be-determined plutonium and tritium production plant.

1950
President Truman sends a formal letter to DuPont, specifically requesting their expertise for the new project.

House being relocated from the future Savannah River PlantHouse being relocated from the future Savannah River Plant


1950

Selection of location of Savannah River Plant (SRP), between Aiken, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., on the Savannah River, is announced.

1951
Site construction begins.

 


1951

Environmental monitoring of SRP begins with Dr. Ruth Patrick's baseline survey.

1951
Construction completed on CMX pilot plant, the first working facility at SRP.

SRP offered employment to thousandsSRP offered employment to thousands

1951
First waste tank construction begins.

1952
Heavy water production starts in D Area.

1952
305-M graphite test pile is the first reactor to go critical at SRS.

Reactor startupReactor startup

1953
R Reactor startup

1954
P, L, K Reactors and F Canyon startup

1954
F Area is the first separations plant to begin operation.

1954
First shipment of plutonium to the Atomic Energy Commission

One-piece plastic suit designed for use in a tritiated environment.One-piece plastic suit designed
for use in a tritiated environment.

1955
Permanent Tritium facilities operational

1955
C Reactor and H Canyon startup

1955
First shipment of tritium to the AEC

1956
Neutrino confirmed at P Reactor

1957
Heavy water facilities reduced and reworked due to an adequate supply of heavy water for operations and sale

Closeup of plenum while reactor's charge and 
discharge machines are at work.Closeup of plenum while reactor's charge and
discharge machines are at work.

1958
Par Pond provides cooling water for P and R Reactors

1959
First production of Pu-238 heat source. SRP plutonium would first be used in a space satellite launched December 30, 1961.

1959
F Area restarted after two years of upgrades and addition of
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