We have received several reports that Hartford State Technical College (HSTC) at one point in the late fifties or early sixties contained a small nuclear reactor for training purposes. As far fetched as this sounds in the late sixties close to fifty schools and colleges operated nuclear reactors as part of their nuclear program. Nearby schools that at one point had training reactors include UMass at Lowell, M.I.T. in Cambridge, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Brown University in Providence, RI. Apparently the US Government (initially the Army and then the A.E.C.) wanted to increase the number of trained reactor operators so as part of the "Atoms For Peace" initiative some schools received reactors.
Reportedly the alleged reactor at HSTC was decommissioned by the early to mid seventies if not earlier.
It is known that HSTC had a nuclear program although many schools that had such a program did not have a working reactor. However, two individuals have come forward claiming to have in the eighties seen first hand a room in the basement of HSTC (on the Flatbush Ave side) that had triple thick lead lined walls and had "Nuclear Reactor" stenciled on the door so we are soliciting information on the HSTC nuclear program.
Anyone with information on HSTC's nuclear program is welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.