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Loss of reactor hurts 'U' nuclear program

Daily Staff Reporter
Published February 17, 2004

The reactor was originally commissioned in the 1950s, just after
World War II. “The community recently saw the introduction of
nuclear weaponry, while a significant number of citizens of
Michigan lost their lives in the war,” Francis said.
“(At the time), as a memorial, it seemed appropriate to
demonstrate the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”

Lee recently requested the construction of an accelerator-based
neutron generator, which would replace some of the former functions
of the reactor.

“It won’t be a substitute, but we’ll have to
get by,” Lee said.