Basic Facts:

  • Location: Crystal River, Florida
  • Owner: Duke Energy
  • Operator: Duke Energy
  • Construction Cost: $1.8B (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 860 MW
  • Property Size: 4,700 acres
  • Status: Decommissioning undeway
  • Current DTF Balance: $760M (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Completion Estimate: $920M (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel On Site: 590 metric tons
Crystal River 3 Photo

Background

The Crystal River Nuclear Plant (CR3) was an 860-megawatt pressurized water reactor located at the Crystal River Energy Complex. CR3 began licensed operations in 1976 and started producing power in 1977. In 2009 and 2011, engineers discovered separations of concrete within the containment building that surrounds the reactor vessel, and Duke Energy announced the decision to retire the nuclear plant in 2013.

Decommissioning

In 2015, the nuclear plant reached its SAFSTOR condition. In 2018, workers completed the transfer of spent nuclear fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool to an on-site dry cask storage facility. Additional information is available on Duke Energy’s website.

Socioeconomics

CR3 is located is located in Citrus County, Florida. As of 2016:

  • Population: 145,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $36,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 5.8%

In 2017, CR3 contributed $400,000 in property taxes to Citrus County.

Contact Information

Economic Development Administration Representative:

Economic Development  District

University Center

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Unless specific costing information has been provided, decommissioning costs were derived from 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Report.
Information herein obtained from public sources. Corrections are welcome and may be directed to [email protected].

Additional Information

Work begins soon on dismantling Duke Energy’s Crystal River nuclear plant

November 28, 2020

Work begins soon on dismantling Duke Energy’s Crystal River nuclear plantCRYSTAL RIVER – Decommissioning of Duke Energy Florida’s nuclear plant is finally underway. Accelerated Decommissioning Partners – Duke Energy’s decommissioning contractor – began its work this fall to dismantle the shuttered nuclear portion of the Crystal River Energy Complex. “The plant is much cleaner than […]

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Duke passes final decommissioning hurdle

August 31, 2020

Duke passes final decommissioning hurdle Duke Energy has passed its final hurdle on the way to decommissioning its retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant. Just The Facts The process leading up to Duke Energy’s approval process for decommissioning its retired nuclear plant started seven years ago.

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Florida PSC approves plan to decommission Crystal River Nuclear Plant

August 21, 2020

Florida PSC approves plan to decommission Crystal River Nuclear Plant – Daily Energy Insider Florida PSC approves plan to decommission Crystal River Nuclear Plant The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the plan submitted by Duke Energy Florida to decommission the Crystal River Nuclear Plant (CR3) by 2038. The decommissioning timeline is 36 years earlier […]

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State approves faster plan for closed Crystal River nuclear power plant

August 19, 2020

State approves faster plan for closed Crystal River nuclear power plant State regulators on Tuesday approved a plan aimed at dramatically speeding up the decontamination and restoration of the site of Duke Energy Florida’s shuttered Crystal River nuclear power plant. The Florida Public Service Commission backed Duke’s plan to enter a $540 million contract with […]

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Staff: Duke Energy should begin Crystal River plant demolition

August 14, 2020

Staff: Duke Energy should begin Crystal River plant demolition State regulators will decide Tuesday whether Duke Energy Florida can move ahead with plans to decommission its Crystal River nuclear plant early. But if regulators accept their staff’s recommendation, the utility company won’t need to include extra protections for customers.

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Federal regulators say Duke Energy Florida can decommission nuclear plant faster

April 6, 2020

https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/2020/04/02/federal-regulators-say-duke-energy-florida-can-decommission-nuclear-plant-faster/

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Duke not responsible for growing county’s economy

October 26, 2019
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Oliver: Duke’s nuclear power plant closing continues to affect economy

October 13, 2019
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Duke decommissioning meeting in the works

July 19, 2019
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Duke Energy seeks to hasten decommissioning plan for Florida nuclear plant

June 3, 2019
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