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  1. Rose says:

    Although it was suspicious when the CEO kept tenting his fingers and cackling.Report

  2. Mike Schilling says:

    This bring to mind the famous story of the Radioactive Boy ScoutReport

  3. Mike Schilling says:

    Also, it seems somewhat apropos, since uranium was first discovered to be radioactive (by Henri Becquerel, in 1986) when photographic plates stored nearby to it became fogged.Report

  4. Will Truman says:

    I find this thought horrifying, yet fitting. Horrifying, insofar as my exposure (get it?) to Kodak has suggested that they should not be trusted with such a thing. Fitting, because I have often said they have the most toxic (get it?) business culture of any company I have worked with a company doing business with.

    (Vegas attendees can get the whole story, if anyone remembers to ask.)Report

  5. Kazzy says:

    I would assume such a thing would be quite valuable. Why not sell it to avoid bankruptcy?Report

  6. DensityDuck says:

    High-energy, high-flux radiation sources are also useful for simulating the space environment. This can be useful if you produce large amounts of film for spy satellites.Report

  7. Tod Kelly says:

    Clearly, this is because both Argus and Nikon were known to have already possessed weapons grade uranium. Detente as a nuclear deterrent is a proven strategy to prevent any one camera manufacturer from using the weapons grade uranium.Report

    • Mike Schilling in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      You’re the CEO of Kodak, which has been making giant advances in photography ever since the 19th century You’re in receivership, and over there these fishing kids are getting a billion dollars for putting cute borders around snapshots. Tell me you wouldn’t have been tempted.Report

  8. Nob Akimoto says:

    I was part of a research project on the civilian uses of HEU last year. Essentially the likelihood is that the HEU was used for simulation purposes like space.

    The use of HEU for this sort of application was pretty popular in the 60s and 70s and governments have been a bit slow to phase this stuff out.

    Also 3.5lbs isn’t really significant.Report

    • That or it was a critical assembly. (That’s pretty likely. The term “reactor” is a bit imprecise.)Report

      • Dug up a bit on their decomissioning plan for the facility:

        EKC Research Facility, Building 82 was established in 1966 to provide a dedicated
        research and development facility for conducting chemical and radiological analyses, doing
        small quantity bench and batch scale research and development studies on manufacturing
        processes, and to investigate new chemicals of interest to the Corporation’s various
        operating divisions. In this facility, EKC conducted R&D work utilizing the CFX to
        investigate various chemical irradiations. Work with enriched uranium fuel plates in the
        CFX required that EKC have a Special Nuclear Materials license.


  9. Nob Akimoto says:

    Is the decommissioning plan, in case anyone’s interested in reading it.Report

  10. Nob Akimoto says:

    In short: Stupidly sensationalistic headline. The HEU isn’t there anymore, it’s 1/5th of a critical mass required to set off anything dangerous and they had a DOE and state of New York license for this stuff.Report

  11. Miss Mary says:

    I thought everyone had one of those in their basement… huh.Report

  12. MIT has one right in the heart of Boston/Cambridge.

    Honestly, I’m not all that surprised: (1) A lot of Japanese research output is corporate. (2) We’re talking about the Gawker Media Network here, although I’ve been digging their Girls summaries and more or less everything written by a certain former dictator of Zaire.Report

  13. Kimmi says:

    you should see what they’ve got under DC.

    you all remember when we almost lost Detroit?Report