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Reactor at Alco site to be moved … or not

RPI unclear on future of training facility

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics Program's L. David Walthousen Reactor Laboratory began operating in 1964 and is located on the former Alco site between Erie Boulevard and the Mohawk River in Schenectady.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics Program's L. David Walthousen Reactor Laboratory began operating in 1964 and is located on the former Alco site between Erie Boulevard and the Mohawk River in Schenectady.
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Local officials are confident a small nuclear reactor that has been in Schenectady since the 1950s will be decommissioned and moved off a 60-acre site being considered for a casino. But the owner of the reactor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is less confident — at least publicly. The American Locomotive Co. built the reactor in the 1950s on the banks of the Mohawk River at its site off Erie Boulevard. It transferred ownership in 1964 to ...

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