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Nuclear Inspection Van

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Nuclear Inspection Van
Vehicle Information
Owner: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Use: Evaluating nuclear power plant employees
First Appearance: "Homer Goes to College"

The Nuclear Inspection Van was a vehicle used by inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The term "van" is a bit of a misnomer, as the vehicle was approximately the same size as a mobile home RV.


The van contained a simulated workstation which the inspectors used to evaluate the competence of nuclear power plant employees. When Homer had his turn in the simulator, the supervising inspector assured Homer that the simulator was an exact replica of his real-life workstation in the nuclear power plant and that nothing could go wrong. Even so, Homer managed to cause a meltdown which released massive amounts of radiation and melted a hole in the parking lot large enough to swallow up the van. This left the inspectors completely baffled, because the van didn't have any nuclear material in it.