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Kesselring site shipments postponed

Kesselring site shipments postponed

The first of six shipments through Ballston Spa could now happen on Monday
Kesselring site shipments postponed
A truck loaded with refueling materials bound for the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Milton, awaits departure Thursday.
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

BALLSTON  SPA — Plans for a truck shipment of nuclear fueling materials to the Kenneth A. Kesselring site in West Milton have been postponed, according to an official at the site. 

Naval Nuclear Laboratory spokesman Gene Terwilliger initially said a total of six shipments were planned to and from a rail yard off Eastern Avenue, starting at around 9 a.m. Thursday morning and continuing into Friday. But a person at the facility on Thursday said the shipments were likely to begin on Monday instead, and that incorrect information about the shipments had been released earlier in the week.

 

Once they begin, the trucks carrying the material will travel from the rail yard along Route 67 past the Ballston Spa Country Club to Middleline Road before heading west on Galway Road to the Kesselring site, according to the inititial plan.

"It will travel at less than 5 mph, and the transit will start after 9 a.m. in order to minimize impact on the morning commute and the area school buses," Terwilliger said in announcing the operation earlier this week. "We expect the transit to take two to three hours. 

"As a result, individuals in the Ballston Spa area can expect some traffic delays."

Terwilliger said the shipments support the refueling and overhaul of one of the Kesselring site's nuclear-powered prototype plants. He added that no liquids will be transported. 

"We’ve been discussing the refueling and overhaul project with the village of Ballston Spa, the town of Ballston, Saratoga County, New York state and the Ballston Spa Central School District over the last several years to inform them of what’s going to happen and to make sure that they are well-informed," he said. 

The refueling and overhaul work is slated to begin in the fall.

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