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TextWhat happened to the reactor itself? They didnt dump it in the Potomac did they? What about the spent bomb grade fuel? What did they do with it? Where did they dump the very radioactive waste? This may be a completely different facility from what I saw but I still dont think so. The aerial shot shows the outside walls wth pretty good detail. I remember them exactly that way with how the windows were placed and especially the plants incredibly compact size is what grabbed me first. The photo was taken from when the plant was still active. The only thing thats different is I dont see the smokestack that I saw that day.
TextAs youd agree Belvoir is pretty big and could plausibly have another plant somewhere else especially considering the super compact design. Its a possibility but I still say that was it. Even the land surrounding it looks the same. One thing I noticed though is isnt it kind of odd having a dirt road leading to something like that? Its an amazing feat of engineering. The nature of the surrounding land is very very harsh and it doesnt look like there was much room at all for the kind of large construction equipment needed to build such a thing. These guys are so good it wouldnt surpise me if they just brought everything in on troop transports and did it with much smaller equipment that they may have invented just for that purpose.
TextIm still stickin to my guns though. If it was that plant or possibly another of very similar design it was up and running. Lit up like Christmas and bristling with the sound of electrical power. I always thought one benefit of nuclear power was that they were nearly silent. Ill always remember that low slowly pulsing humm. It wasnt really loud but audible enough to hear a couple hundered yards away. Im digging into official nuke plant records trying to see if anything is listed for it w/the Department of Energy.
TextLike Ive said numerous times in previous post just where did all these Army nuclear engineers trained on an Army nuclear reactor go to? Weve trained thousands over the years just at Ft.Belvoir alone. Why does the Army need all these reactor techs? I can understand having the expertise at hand but this has been going on for a long time.
Originally posted by SonofSpy
In any kind of large scale attack on the US power facilities would logically be some of the first hit targets.
TextIm still sticking to my guns. what I saw was very real and very active. Remember that this was also 1988. Ive had some pretty good support on this issue ever since I stumbled across the SMP-1 photo. Ive still never seen another nuclear power facility this compact. Ive done some research and I still cant find anything on what happened to the reactor after 1973. It was one of three experimental reactors meant to be built quickly. Ive found the history on the other two but I cant find a thing on whatever bacme of the SMP-1. Was it torn down? I can find no evidence of it. What happened to the core itself? So far havnt found anything on that either.
TextThe three reactor program had three locations across the country one of them being Belvoir. One was aboard an old WW2 Liberty ship that was heavily modified to be a floating nuclear power plant! Plenty of history on that. The core was removed long ago and processed. Into what is anybodys guess. The ship itself now sits in the James River. Interestingly enough its not mothballed its in a researve fleet. Its ready to go as soon as you plug in another reactor.
TextWhen the SMP-1 went up in the 50's the locals griped quite a bit about health effects. Local elders still do. It had a perfect safety record. Ive gone on Terraserver and looked for it several times. I believe I was deep in the woods directly on the base north of the Defense Ceeta. Im pretty tempted to go back but its quite illegal and the woods have grown over even more. Its kind of hard to find good info in depth on post 1955 Belvoir especially now that its post 9/11.
TextUnibomber, you sound like a civvie. As many at the D-Ceeta are. Anymore insight would be quite helpful. The part about the old airstrip in the woods behind the D-Ceeta is quite interesting too. I believe alot on Terraserver has been heavily altered.
Originally posted by HowardRoark
The pentagon has a number of reactors, nuclear fuel processing facilities and nuclear research programs.
Don't forget about all of those nuclear powered subs out there.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
He posted a picture of it in another thread.
Ft Belvior was a trainign base for engineers, and generator repairers. It was also the main trainign base for power plant operators and repait personel. Thus, the reason there is a big nuke plant there. Last time I checked, they still train power plant technicians there from around the world. However, the thing has been dead for a while, as far as being active.
But you are incorrect in your assumption that all major US military bases have nuclear power plants. Ft Belvior has its plant because they teach people how to operate and repair major power generation facilities.
I have been on several US bases at home and overseas, several major ones, and I am quite unaware of any nuclear facilities. The cloest thing I knew of was a big nuclear [power plant that was right next to the Hanau Army community in Germany. However, this nuke plant was owned and operated by the germans, and no longer ran on nuke power, but was converted to coal use instead.
But Belvior's nuke plant is no real big secret, even us trainees who were stationed there knew about it, and from what they told us, it was inoperative and was used mainly for teaching and training.