Interesting to say the least. I wonder where they found the personnel to get it going and what sort of govt oversight were they under?
From Sydney Morning Herald:
Kodak had secret nuclear reactor
It has been revealed that ailing imaging company Kodak had a secret nuclear reactor hidden in a US research facility for more than 30 years.
The reactor, which contained 1.5kg of enriched "weapons-grade" uranium, was a Californium Flux Multiplier (CFX) acquired by the company in 1974 and only decommissioned in 2006.
But Kodak, which filed for bankruptcy in January, claims that the device was fully licensed and perfectly safe.
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"The uranium used in the CFX was highly enriched, but ... was not easily adaptable to creating a nuclear weapon," company spokesman Christopher Veronda told Fairfax Media.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/tec...#ixzz1uuYZk85n
Why would you guess when you can just read it:
The CFX, which was roughly the size of a domestic refrigerator, was used for neutron multiplication, an analytical method. Kodak used it to test chemicals for impurities, and to perform neutron radiography - an imaging technique.
alot of us locals have suspected this for years. people who worked at kodak, including some folks i know who were employed in security and fire/hazmat at the kodak plant made jokes about it and everyone looked at them like they were bat**** insane. fact is during the cold war Kodak was intricately involved in a ton of secret programs... mostly for the NRO. as kodak continues to downsize and people get layed off and become more willing to talk about their time at kodak, id imagine theres going to be more and more stories like this coming out.
In fact theres alot of places that operate nuclear reactors on the downlow that are closer to home than people realize- hospitals, universities, factories all have reasons and means to operate small reactors similar to this one, and they often do. THe fact that its kept quiet not only keeps the community from causing an uproar over safety concerns, but it also keeps them from becomming targets. even then, in the past few years theres been alot more focus on beefing up security at "research" reactors like those used at hospitals and colleges- reactors that for years had little protection from theft/attack other than the fact that they are operated outside of the public eye.
Anybody remember the Unabomber? I heard rumors that one the bombs that went off on UC Berkeley campus was just a floor above where a small nuclear reactor was located at (for research). The rumor was that after the bombing the reactor was quietly moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is located on a hill next to UC Berkeley campus.
Wow.....Kodak's CEO's simply weren't aggressive enough and/or too lazy to use all the tools in the toolbox.
I would have dirty bombed the competition back to the stone age, blamed it on AQ and/or Pakistan, and jacked up prices 300% on my super sh!tty digital cameras.
If I was Kodak's CEO we'd still be stuck on 1 megapixel but I'd be a frickin' trillionaire.