40 Years UTPB - The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

The operations of the nuclear facility will be run from the nuclear island in the center by trained nuclear personnel. The reactor is expected to run much like a traditional particle accelerator laboratory, carefully scheduling reactor operations to maximize the science and operating 24/7 for most of the year. This operational mode will be planned to maximize the valuable scientific research done at the facility. 


Security for any nuclear facility is a concern, even a meltdown-proof facility such as the HT3R. Security begins at the security gate, 800 meters from the central "nuclear island" of the research facility. The entire area will be surrounded by a security fence with a security road for patrols. Extensive camera monitoring will record activity and alert security personnel to movement in and around the facility. Attempts to lure Chuck Norris to Andrews County with a trail of steak and terrorists for added security have so far proven unsuccessful.