The regional Tritium Handling Laboratory experimental facility had been completed on time, and within it’s (enormous) budget.***
A fax arrived at the research lab from head-office, marked “très importante”, “the project has been cancelled”
“Do not load the lab with the hot-stuff” The team thought, allegedly, we have this big, clean , enormous lab; We’ve got oodles of 3H , and that JET bellow to test. Hmmm, decisions……
They, I didn’t arrive at this lab until 3-yrs after the techies decision, had the choice to either measure Tritium permeation through a real joint torus bellow, or not press the green button - and instead start dismantling the whole clean building. (Would be infinitely more difficult once/if everything became just a smidgeon activated, contaminated, 12 year half-life etc)
So did they press Green for Go!
Or Red to Stop!
Do I drive past the ☢️ labelled “keep away” building each day & mentally salute the team of “Who Me’s”.
Or do I drive past the ornamental garden, site of a previous, temporary exhibit, that is lost to history?
Any guesses? :-)
*** Note. I just checked the project history, and the budget is (still) helpfully listed as Zero Cost