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Recovery Act Workers Clear Reactor Shields from Brookhaven Lab

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers are in the final stage of decommissioning a nuclear reactor after they recently removed thick steel shields once used to absorb neutrons produced for research.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory is using $39 million from the Recovery Act to decommission the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor, the world’s first reactor built solely for peaceful research purposes.