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Nuclear Reactor In Omaha's Va Hospital Finally Dismantled

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    Nuclear reactor in Omaha VA Medical Center’s basement is dismantled as it existed — quietly

    The Omaha VA Medical Center’s nuclear reactor is about to fade into history.

    For nearly two months workers have been dismantling the remnants of the TRIGA research reactor that churned away in the hospital’s basement from 1959 until 2001 — when post-9/11 security fears forced its shutdown.

    Last month they scraped up asbestos-laden tile, bagged it in heavy cloth sacks and hauled it away. Last week they stowed the “Lazy Susan” and the reflector from the cooling pool of the former reactor inside steel-lined containers for eventual shipment to a low-level nuclear storage facility in Utah.

    What the VA has found very little of, though, is radiation.

    “It’s not as hot as they thought,” said Dr. Fred Hamel, pharmacology and internal medicine professor at the Omaha VA.

    The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

    The reactor was part of President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1950s Atoms for Peace program, which built small nuclear and research reactors for the United States and its allies. At one time such reactors seemed likely to lead to new ways of diagnosing diseases and treating cancer.



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