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Kodak confirms it had weapons-grade uranium in underground lab
CNN ^ | Wed May 16, 2012 | Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd

Posted on 05/16/2012 7:40:05 AM PDT by Abathar

-- Kodak -- the company known for decades for its cameras and film -- this week confirmed it used weapons-grade uranium in an underground lab in upstate New York for upwards of 30 years.

A company spokesman and a former scientist for the firm say there was not enough material to sustain a nuclear chain reaction.

Former Kodak researcher Albert Filo said the uranium was alloyed with aluminum in plates sealed in sleeves that were not moved for three decades. The amount of fuel was about 3½ pounds, which experts say is less than one-tenth of the amount necessary to make a crude nuclear device.

The alloyed material "could not be readily converted to make a nuclear weapon," said Eastman Kodak spokesman Christopher Veronda. "Disassembling the device and removing these plates was a process that took highly trained experts more than a day to perform."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: kodak; miltech; nuclearweapons; uranium
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3-1/2 lbs of weapons grade uranium might not be enough for a nuclear device, but it sure as hell is enough for one nasty dirty bomb, Kodak's uranium was enriched to 93.4%.
1 posted on 05/16/2012 7:40:08 AM PDT by Abathar
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But for more than 30 years, the company had a device called a californium neutron flux multiplier, or CFX, ... Its purpose was to create a beam of neutrons to use for scanning and testing other materials. The device's primary source of neutron radiation was the radioactive element californium, but the stream of neutrons produced by the californium was multiplied by passing it through a lattice of highly enriched uranium U-235, whose nuclear fission released additional neutrons.
2 posted on 05/16/2012 7:48:36 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can’t be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Abathar
Kodak did some extremely valuable work for the United States Government back in the cold war for which they accepted almost no (cash) payment. This work was very very classified at the time.

This HEU could be related to that.

3 posted on 05/16/2012 7:49:50 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Abathar

the secret ingredient in Kodachrome revealed...


4 posted on 05/16/2012 7:55:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Abathar

If you’re looking at making a big mess, there was plenty of chemicals at Kodak to do so. One mis- (or well-) placed spark could have blown out much of the area. Abusing that reactor for such purposes would have taken far more effort than other methods producing the same results.

Just 2 blocks from that reactor, a gasoline tanker tipped over, ignited, and destroyed an entire city block. Why is peoples’ worry about one small reactor in a locked basement of a secured building orders of magnitude more intense than their worry about such trucks which drive by that same building dozens of times a day?


5 posted on 05/16/2012 7:56:20 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Cloud storage? Dropbox rocks! Sign up at http://db.tt/nQqWGd3 for 2GB free (and I get more too).)
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To: Abathar

I would be perfectly comfortable living next door to this Koday facility. No worries at all. If I were a liberal, I would be hysterical about now and probably need oxygen. hahaha


6 posted on 05/16/2012 7:57:37 AM PDT by Arcy ("I want to know how God created this world." - Albert Einstein)
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At the Westinghouse pavilion in the ‘64 World's Fair in NYC, controlled nuclear fission demonstrations were carried out several times each day....FLASH BANG! They kept a running count of success/failure
7 posted on 05/16/2012 8:02:45 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: ctdonath2

True, but as far as terrorists are concerned a nasty dirty bomb would be 100 times more effective than a tanker explosion the next day.


8 posted on 05/16/2012 8:03:29 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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“Kodak’s uranium was enriched to 93.4%. “

It may have been mostly 235, but it was highly diluted in aluminum. This was done to avoid criticality issues. Any danger is in the mind of a “journalist”.


9 posted on 05/16/2012 8:03:51 AM PDT by DBrow
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Kodak turned the material over to the government in 2007, under heavy security.

Left-wing loons agitating in 2012.

10 posted on 05/16/2012 8:05:35 AM PDT by Uriíel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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Kodak turned the material over to the government in 2007, under heavy security.

Bush's fault! Thank goodness Obama is here now, so that his Liberal helpers in the press can help us panic over nothing.

11 posted on 05/16/2012 8:10:04 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Arcy

So would I, but nothing will instill panic in people like a news headline stating that Kodak was broken into on Christmas day and the thieves successfully made off with several pounds of enriched uranium.

All they would have to do with it is nothing, bury it and walk away leaving everyone guessing what it was going to be used for.
Let the MSM panic the sheeple into all kinds of new restrictions over it.

A terrorists wet dream.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 8:10:23 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Roccus

Ooops.....that was the GE pavilion.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 8:12:31 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: DBrow
It may have been mostly 235, but it was highly diluted in aluminum. This was done to avoid criticality issues. Any danger is in the mind of a “journalist”.

But separating U235 from the aluminum is far, far easier than separating it from U238.

If they just had some more, the original battle between Kodak and Fuji could have turned out far differently. And no one would have dared cross Kodak after that.

14 posted on 05/16/2012 8:14:34 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: DBrow

I was thinking about that too, but aluminum has such a low melting point that separating the two would be pretty easy, wouldn’t it? Just thinking technically is all, those two having such different density I bet they would look like oil and water in a kiln.


15 posted on 05/16/2012 8:15:43 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: KarlInOhio

lol, “Damn Yankees and their uranium!”


16 posted on 05/16/2012 8:17:32 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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"If they just had some more, the original battle between Kodak and Fuji could have turned out far differently. And no one would have dared cross Kodak after that"

Thanks for that. I needed a good chuckle this morning.
17 posted on 05/16/2012 8:23:09 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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The alloy is more like a solution. Dissolving the Al in KOH gives you an aqueous solution that you could then maybe precipitate out the U.

I wonder if it’s an alloy, or clad plates? A Fast Burst Reactor uses highly enriched fuel, in plates, clad with aluminum. An FBR is set up to get super-prompt criticality with a limit on maximum rate, so it can’t go Trinity on you.

Did Kodak have an FBR or some similar device?

https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/releases/2007/reactor.html

The link has a pic of SPR II with the safety shield off showing al-clad U235 plates.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 8:24:04 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Abathar
I was thinking about that too, but aluminum has such a low melting point that separating the two would be pretty easy, wouldn’t it? Just thinking technically is all, those two having such different density I bet they would look like oil and water in a kiln.

Melting point of aluminum: 660°C
Melting point of uranium: 1135°C

Would probably look more like oil and rock salt.

I wonder how they made an alloy out of two such dissimilar metals.

19 posted on 05/16/2012 8:28:21 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: DBrow

Alas SPR is no more.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 8:29:22 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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