What did I do on my summer vacation?

I toured a nuclear power plant under refurbishment, a tour which included a rare visit (for anyone) inside the vault of a reactor. Those would be the fuel tubes, currently being replaced, in the background. That’s my lovely wife Margaret Anne beside me.

The reactor is at the Bruce Power plant near Kincardine, Ontario. This is the first time a CANDU-style reactor has been refurbished anywhere in the world. It was a deeply cool (albeit stiflingly hot, temperature-wise–we’re sweating under those overalls) tour.

Total radiation dose, for our 45 minutes or so in the decontaminated vault: roughly equivalent to one 10th of a dental X-ray.

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