Category Archives: ATOMIC ACCIDENTS

IN NUCLEAR RESEARCH, EVEN THE GOOF-UPS ARE FASCINATING

"If the oceans were filled with liquid sodium, then some crazy scientist would want to build a water-cooled reactor.” —Hyman Rickover, grousing about the sodium-cooled USS Seawolf Admiral Hyman Rickover pushed his passion for a nuclear-powered submarine as hard as he could without being formally charged with criminal intent, and he was rewarded with one of the most successful projects […]

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PROCESSING

"Expect to have a fire.” —the concluding sentence in AEC Accident and Fire Prevention issue no. 21, 28 October 1955, "Plutonium Fires” At 64 years of age, Harold McCluskey was hovering near retirement vintage, but he wanted to pass along his skills as a chemical operator to the dwindling supply of youngsters eager to enter the exciting life of a […]

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