The Navy will be holding a public meeting in Brownsville, Texas, on June 20, 2019, to take public comment in regards to the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) being broken up in Brownsville.
The Navy has four main options for dismantling the Enterprise.
Dismantling the ship at Newport News and shipping the 8 reactors overland to Bremerton, Washington, though I personally feel the odds of this are fairly low.
Dismantling the ship at Brownsville, Texas and shipping the 8 reactors overland to Bremerton.
Dismantling the ship at Brownsville and scrapping the reactors on site and shipping the dismantled and melted remnants of the reactor to a site in West Texas for disposal.
Towing the ship all the way around tip of South America to Bremerton, Washington and dismantling the ship and reactors there. I would note that due to the backlog at Bremerton, breakup of the Enterprise could not even START until 2034 at the earliest.
I feel option 2, which will be discussed along with option 3 at the upcoming meeting is by far the most likely option. I don’t think they will want to dispose of the reactors at Brownsville which makes option 3 unlikely. Brownsville is capable of handling and segregating nuclear impacted waste in the Enterprise. Such metal will have to be segregated from nuclear free metal and sent to a secure disposal site.
In any event, disposal of the Enterprise is expected to cost $1.5 Billion and take 4 to 5 years.