One might suspect that a person who handles nuclear bombs would need a steady supply of antacids. But bombs are recycled in the same slow, reliable, boring sort of way as other technologies—only, while wearing a radiation suit. "That said, you can never lose respect of the material you're handling," says Bron Johnston, the dismantlement manager at the Y-12 facility at the National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where uranium is handled. "Safety is paramount. It's not like you're working in a bread factory."