Heavy Water Components Test ReactorHeavy Water Components Test Reactor

 



1961
AEC establishes a permanent ecology laboratory onsite. The Laboratory of Radiation Ecology will later be known as Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

1962
Heavy Water Components Test Reactor (HWCTR) goes into operations testing the heavy water system for use with civilian power reactors.


1963

Curium-244 produced as a heat source for space exploration. This was the first full scale conversion of an SRP reactor load to non-weapons materials.

1963
Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuel begins receiving spent fuel from around the world. Fuel will later be processed in canyons.

Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuel begins receiving spent fuel from around the world.
Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuel begins receiving
spent fuel from around the world.

1964
First sale of timber harvested from the Savannah River Site

1964
Computers installed in reactors. First known computer process control of a reactor.

1964
R Reactor and HWCTR are shut down.

1965
Californium-252, the heaviest isotope produced at the SRP, is separated as a byproduct of the curium program.

1965
C Reactor reaches a record high neutron flux of 6.1 x 10^15n/cm^2(sec).

1966
Savannah River Plant works with the Department of Defense to receive and bury contaminated soil from Palomares, Spain.

Safety sign at Savannah River Plant c1966Safety is #1 at the Savannah River Plant


1966

The AEC Savannah River Operations Office, DuPont and all subcontractors at SRP complete a full calendar year of operations without a single disabling injury – a feat never previously accomplished at a major AEC installation.

1967
C Reactor reaches a record high power level of 2915 megawatts


1968

JOSHUA system allows computers to design Savannah River reactor cores.

Californium-252Californium-252

1968
L Reactor is shut down.

1968
SRP assists with the Crested Ice Project to remove contaminated snow and ice from Thule, Greenland.

1969
Californium-252 is made in a separate production program. SRP also has the distinction of producing 2.1 g Cf-252, the most ever produced.