In the ‘say what?’ department…
(via Gizmodo) Kodak (the film company that recently went bankrupt) had a secret nuclear reactor loaded with weapons grade uranium hidden in their headquarters basement.
But why did Kodak have a hidden nuclear reactor loaded with weapons-grade uranium? And how did they get permission to own it, let alone install it in a basement in the middle of a densely populated city?
Nobody really knows. Kodak officials now admit that they never made any public announcement about it. In fact, nobody in the city—officials, police or firemen—or in the state of New York or anywhere else knew about it until it was recently leaked by an ex-employee. Its existence and whereabouts were purposely kept vague and only a few engineers and Federal employees really knew about the project.
It's extremely strange that Kodak managed to get something like this. …it's "such an odd situation because private companies just don't have this material." …Kodak's purpose for the reactor wasn't sinister: they used it to check materials for impurities as well as neutron radiography testing. The reactor, a Californium Neutron Flux multiplier (CFX) was acquired in 1974 and loaded with three and a half pounds of enriched uranium plates placed around a californium-252 core…
It wasn't until 2006, well after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, that it was decided to dismantle it.