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Aug 8, 2018 - Atoms on display

Aug 8 - Toured EBR-1, about 12 miles east of Arco. All analog tech and mechanical controls, lots of concrete and lead. Notable were the dosimeters scattered around this 'safe' tourist facility. An important safety device to prevent core meltdowns was an axe! 'Safety Control Rod Axe Man' (photo #6) is origin of term SCRAM.

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Sep 3, 2015 - EBR-1 Atomic Museum

Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) is a decommissioned research reactor and U.S. National Historic Landmark located in the desert about 18 miles southeast of Arco, Idaho. At 1:50 pm on December 20, 1951, it became the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plant when it produced sufficient electricity to illuminate four 200-watt light bulbs. It subsequently generated sufficient electricity to power its building, and continued to be used for experimental purposes until it was decommissioned in 1964. Looking out over the flat...

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