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$1 million donation to Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information

When the decommissioning of the Carolinas-Virginia Tube Reactor (CVTR) in Parr, S.C., was completed in 2009, the board of directors of the corporate operator, Carolinas Virginia Nuclear Power Associates (CVNPA), had decisions to make about distribution of the remaining assets. However, one decision was easy: to donate to the ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information.

The corporate charter specified that remaining assets must be distributed to organizations “exclusively for educational or scientific purposes” related to “the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.” The Center was a natural fit. CVNPA donated $1 million to the Center in December 2016.

ANS Past President Gene Grecheck (2015-16) was instrumental in bringing the Center to the attention of the board, which included representatives from the three member companies at the time: SCANA, Dominion,and Duke Power. Grecheck was the Dominion representative. “The Center has a specific goal of providing public information and outreach,” Grecheck said. “We had an entity specifically addressing nuclear knowledge, which made it a natural fit for the funds.”

Grecheck also noted that the CVTR, an experimental pressurized heavy-water reactor that operated from 1963 to 1967, played an important role in the development of commercial nuclear power. After the reactor’s planned test program was completed, its structures were used for other testing before the reactor was demolished. “It’s gratifying that now that its mission is completed, its legacy lives on,” Grecheck said.

The donated funds will support the ongoing operation of ANS’s public outreach, public policy information, K–12 education, and media relations activities. 

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