April 2018

CCHPS Technical Meeting

Recovery of U.S. Owned Highly Enriched TRIGA Research Reactor Fuel from Da lat, VietNam, March 1975

Waldemar Hendrickson

Waldemar Hendrickson worked as a nuclear fuel specialist at the Idaho National Laboratory at the time of the Vietnam War. He became involved in a top-secret mission with a team of U.S. scientists to remove fuel from a nuclear reactor before North Vietnamese forces could get to it. The secret operation was in the city of Da Lat, about 125 miles northeast of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon in 1975) where American scientists installed a research reactor in 1960s. It was called the TRIGA Mark II. It was a symbol of US support for South Vietnam during the Cold War. Despite the high risks, Hendrickson appreciated the importance of getting the fuel out and took the personal risk for the government and his country. Many details of the mission preparation and the reactor recovery operation will be presented at the meeting.

reservations are accepted until Monday, April 16

Date:        Thursday April 19, 2018
Time:        6:00 – 6:30 pm  Social
             6:30 – 7:00 pm  Dinner
             7:00 – 8:00 pm  Presentation 
Cost:        $22.00 per person

NOTE: Members who do not cancel their RSVP by Monday, April 16th will be held responsible for the cost of attendance

Menu:        Texas Roadhouse Catering:
                  • BQ chicken breast
                  • Fall-off-the-bone ribs
                  • Pulled Pork
                  • Mashed potatoes & gravy
                  • House Salad
Location:    NV5

1835 Terminal Drive, Suite 200, Richland, WA 99354