Location: Forth Worth
Time Period: AWE 1961-1962; Residual Radiation 1963
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: The American Manufacturing Company of Texas (AMCOT) conducted specialized tube elongation and billet piercing tests on uranium metal for National Lead Company of Ohio (Fernald). The tube elongation tests were conducted from July to September 1961 and involved approximately 7 tons of uranium. The billet piercing tests were conducted from June to September 1962 and involved approximately 23 tons of uranium. Both NLO and AMCOT employees participated in the tests.
During the period of residual contamination, as designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as noted in the dates above,employees of subsequent owners and operators of this facility are also covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
AMCOT is located in Forth Worth, TX. Approximately twenty buildings occupy most of the 3300 block of North Sylvania Ave. The building of concern (SOOA) is constructed primarily of sheet-metal with steel foundation and frames; flooring consists of concrete and dirt covered brick. Equipment in this building occupies approximately 60% of the floor space; the equipment includes the Number 1 Witter Mill, a rotary furnace, feed tables, ind a hydraulic press. The ceiling, which is 60 feet tall, has vent openings along the apex. At the time of the uranium metal testing, AMCOT owned the site and the equipment. Ownership of the company and site has subsequently changed several times. AMCOT and its successors ‘manufacture oil well and drilling equipment (Stout, 1991): The site is currently owned by PRR, Inc.
AMCOT was subcontracted by National Lead of Ohio (NLO) from 1960 to 1962 to conduct specialized tube elongation and billet piercing tests on uranium metal for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Both series of tests used AMCOT’s Assel-type, Number 1 Witter Mill in a fenced-off area of the plant. According to NLO accountability reports from 1961 and 1962, approximately 30 tons of uranium were used during elongating and piercing tests.
AMCOT is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) under the EEOICPA.
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