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University at Buffalo to demolish former nuke site

BUFFALO — The University at Buffalo says it will demolish its inactive nuclear research reactor.

University officials and representatives from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission were to answer questions about the plans at a public forum Thursday evening.

The Buffalo Materials Research Center on the university’s south campus hasn’t been in operation since 1994. UB says the radioactive fuel was removed in 2005 and the university’s gotten the go-ahead for demolition from state and federal authorities.

Plans call for the building to be demolished and water tanks and contaminated soil underneath it removed.

The project is expected to wrap up in 2014.

The reactor was built in 1961 and was mainly used for isotope production and materials testing.