USS Enterprise reactors to be buried at Hanford

USS Enterprise reactors to be buried at Hanford
In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, The USS Enterprise is seen underway on her 25th and final deployment. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman / U.S. Navy.)
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 Tri-City Herald reports 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.