USS Enterprise reactors to be buried at Hanford

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.