False Alarm At OSU Reactor Building

False Alarm At OSU Reactor Building (Image 1)

 Hazmat crews headed to Ohio State University’s reactor lab shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday after an alarm went off.

The situation was quickly handled on Kinnear Road, and Ohio State says it was a false alarm.

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission last inspected the reactor in fall 2014 and deemed all operations acceptable.

According to the NRC, the 500 kilowatt (kW) open pool-type reactor “continued to be operated in support of undergraduate instruction, laboratory experiments, reactor operator training, and various types of irradiation projects.”

OSU’s website says the lab “features The Ohio State University Research Reactor (OSURR), as well as a professional gamma-ray spectroscopy system and two gamma-ray irradiators.”

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