WSU research nuclear reactor pool to be coated with new lining

The tank that holds WSU’s research nuclear reactor will soon be coated with a new, flexible epoxy lining.

The new lining is part of a series of improvements that have taken place at the 60-year-old facility.

The university’s Nuclear Science Center’s unique reactor pool is a rectangular concrete tank about 25-feet deep and filled with 65,000 gallons of water. Near the bottom, the glowing blue reactor core rests in a square box. 

The work, which started last week at the facility, should take about five weeks.

The new lining is being funded through a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.