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Dalhousie removes nuclear reactor

Uranium transported to federal facility 'under cover of darkness'

Three years after decommissioning its SLOWPOKE nuclear reactor, Dalhousie University has removed it from the campus. The uranium core was transported to a federal facility in Ontario, “under the cover of darkness.” The reactor which was purchased in 1976 was used until 2008 when  chemistry professor Amares Chatt, who used the facility for neutron analysis, retired. “Radiation experts have expressed their satisfaction with the plans, work practices, material handling and safe work procedures throughout the project,” Ray Ilson, the director of Dalhousie’s Environmental Health and Safety Office, said.

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