National Reactor Testing Station

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National Reactor Testing Station

Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

The Official Story: Operated for the Department of Energy by Bechtel, the site is now called the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL).

The Terrible Truth: Three military technicians were killed in 1961 in an explosion related to the fuel rods they were carrying. They were buried in lead coffins.

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