Guess what Kodak kept in its basement...

An sign at Eastman Kodak Co's corporate headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.

This final note today, in which the words enriched uranium nuclear reactor and Kodak are uttered together in the same sentence.

The Democrat and Chronicle, the hometown newspaper in Kodak's hometown of Rochester, N.Y. reported over the weekend that the now-bankrupt photography company kept a reactor in its basement for 35 years.

The Nuclear Regulator Commission knew all about it. Not many others did, though. About the size of a one of those small college dorm room refrigerators, apparently. Used for neutron imaging it seems.

They closed it down and shipped it off five years ago.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.


I agree to American Public Media's Terms and Conditions.
With Generous Support From...

Sustainability Coverage

  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Wealth & Poverty Coverage

  • The Ford Foundation