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Originally posted by BMorris
If you bother to read the original source, it wasn't a reactor, it was a neutron source for Kodak's research in to neutron imaging, and other projects.
The quantity of Uranium it housed was too small to produce power or go critical.
Please stop with the anti-radiation fearmongering.
The fridge-sized reactor contained three-and-a-half pounds of ‘highly-enriched' uranium, reported the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The reactor was decommissioned in 2006, but the uranium wasn't removed until November 2007, according to the paper. This was five months after Kodak used explosives to trigger demolition of two buildings by controlled ‘implosion', according to an AP article published in July 2007.
The firm scrapped Building 23 and Building 9 on Lake Avenue, Rochester, saying they were no longer needed after the move to digital imaging.
The first of the explosions was watched by up to 3,000 people (see picture above).
The reactor was located below basement level in Building 82 along Lake Avenue, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, which learned of its existence when a Kodak employee happened to mention it to a reporter.
At the time, it was reported that Kodak had demolished more than 80 buildings on the site over the previous decade.
Commenting on the demolition, the contractor said at the time: ‘Bianchi will ignite over 350 pounds of explosives using stick dynamite and linear-shaped charges, similar to those used by NASA for severing fuel tanks on the space shuttle.
There are two nuclear research reactors that serve the Texas A&M University Nuclear Science Center. The older of the two is the AGN-201M model, a low-power teaching reactor. The newer reactor, the TRIGA Mark I, is focused strongly towards research.
Dr. Robert J. Schrader is a chemical engineer with Bachelors and Masters degrees from Purdue University and a Doctorate from MIT. At MIT he held the Eastman Kodak fellowship. In February, 1943, several months before receiving his Doctorate, he was asked by Eastman Kodak to work at a new, war time project in Oak Ridge, TN. Dr. Schrader represented Eastman Kodak in work with Stone & Webster Engineering and Construction Co. on the design and construction of the “Y-12 Area” chemical plants, and then was responsible for their operation. These plants produced Uranium tetrachloride feedstock for the Alpha Cyclotrons and recovered salvage from the Beta Cyclotrons. At the end of WW-II he had been promoted to Superintendent of the Y-12 Chemical Engineering Dept. After WW-II Dr. Schrader continued to work for Kodak in a number of positions in Kingsport, TN and in Longview, TX. Dr. Schrader retired from Eastman Kodak Co. in 1983 as Vice President and Works Manager of Texas Eastman Co. and President of Caddo Construction Co., a Kodak subsidiary.