Site Tour of the Idaho National Lab
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM) (MST)
As a follow up to the inside look at INL presented in January, we will be hosting a virtual site tour of INL in February. Join us as we tour the facilities at the Idaho National Lab including the Advanced Test Reactor. The Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory is the foremost nuclear materials test reactor in the world. This virtual tour describes the reactor, how experiments are conducted, and how spent nuclear fuel is handled and stored. Unlike EBR-1, the purpose of ATR is not to produce electricity. Instead, the ATR is a virtual time machine for researchers. By design, it produces an extremely high number of neutrons compared to a nuclear power plant. This enables scientists to place materials in the ATR and expose them to higher concentrations of neutrons, speeding up the aging process; researchers can see and understand in a few weeks or months what would take years or decades to see under normal reactor operation. ATR also produces radioactive isotopes used in medicine and industry, including cobalt-60, which is used to treat brain or breast cancer, and plutonium-238 to heat and power NASA missions. Be sure to mark your calendars!