When the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power plant in Michigan was removed from service in 1997, it was the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the United States. In 1999, BNG America was awarded a $35 million contract to decommission the plant focusing on removing major components and to decontaminate the facilities including removing the foundations and buried piping. Before the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project could begin the spent nuclear fuel at the site had to be removed. BNG America wholly-owned subsidiary, BNG Fuel Solutions, removed this fuel using a transportable dry cask storage system.
To store and transport BRP’s reactor vessel, BNG America designed the first fully compliant 25- by 13-foot Type B reactor vessel container and in 2002 had it shipped from the manufacturer in Pennsylvania to Michigan on a 205-foot trailer.