Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Neighbors Worried about Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Bevatron Demo

By Chris Thompson
Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Lawrence Berkeley Lab's first particle accelerator, the famed Bevatron, is due for an appointment with the trash heap, and neighbors are worried about all the potentially toxic dust the demolition could toss up in the air. That's why the Berkeley City Council is expected to ask the university for a detailed series of questions relating to the method and schedule of both the demolition and the transportation of radioactive material through the city. The Bevatron once helped local eggheads win four Nobel prizes for discovering a bumper crop of elements; now, it can't book a train ticket outta town with its dignity intact. Weep for science of years past, readers! Clutch your slide rules and weep!

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