Kodak facility in New York state housed underground nuclear reactor
2012 05 14
A Kodak industrial facility in Rochester, N.Y., was home to a little-known nuclear reactor containing weapons-grade uranium, the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported.
The research reactor -- which was the size of a refrigerator -- was housed in a bunker underneath one of the buildings at the former Kodak Park site, the newspaper reported.
Kodak used it to check chemicals and other materials for impurities, as well as testing imaging techniques.
Although the reactor was not a secret, it was unclear if Kodak informed police and fire departments of its existence. Local authorities were also unaware of its existence.
The reactor contained more than 3lbs (1.36kg) of highly enriched uranium -- the same material used to construct nuclear weapons. The uranium was removed in November 2007 in protective containers, the report said.
Company spokesman Christopher Veronda said he could find no record that Kodak ever publicly announced the reactor.
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