Thursday, December 01, 2005

NIMBYism I can understand

Pretty funny: The Cyclotron Comes to the 'Hood:

Albert Swank Jr., a 55-year-old civil engineer in Anchorage, Alaska, is a man with a mission. He wants to install a nuclear particle accelerator in his home.

But when neighbors learned of plans to place the 20-ton device inside the house where Swank operates his engineering firm, their response was swift: Not in my backyard.

I seriously doubt there is any real risk posed by the cyclotron -- they are relatively mundane and safe. But I can definitely understand where naive neighbors would be alarmed.

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