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Enterprise reactors to be buried at Hanford

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The reactors from the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise will be buried at the Hanford nuclear reservation after the ship is taken out of service.

The Energy Department agrees with a Defense Department environmental assessment to use Hanford.  The Navy has been using a Hanford trench since 1986 to bury reactors from its decommissioned nuclear-powered ships and submarines.

The Navy plans to decommission the 51-year-old Enterprise in December. Reactor disposal will take six to eight years.