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American Potash & Chemical

Also Known As: National Fireworks Ordnance Corp, National Northern Div.
State: Massachusetts
Location: West Hanover
Time Period: 1959 -1961
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: American Potash and Chemical Company conducted uranium metal shaping and uranium-magnesium explosive forming studies for Union Carbide Nuclear Corporation, Oak Ridge. The tests done up to May 1961 were performed with 430 stainless steel and uranium metal pieces. Work was also done with green and sintered uranium based powders. The powders were formed in a die into discs approximately 4 1/2 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
*Documentation reviewed does not specify the time period activities began, nor is there documentation of the radiological conditions post-operation. While it is reasonable to believe that residual contamination after 1961 is a low probability, based on documentation that only test quantities of radioactive materials were handled, and that safety oversight was involved, this conclusion is not fully supported by available documentation.
**Documents discovered to date indicating use or handling of radioactivematerial by American Potash consist of a National Lead Company of Ohio (NLO)internal memorandum which discusses tests American Potash performed forUnion Carbide Nuclear Corporation (Oak Ridge), an Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) prime contractor. The site predecessor, National Fireworks Ordnance Corporation, possessed a permit in 1955 for access to classified AEC material; however, there is no evidence that radioactive materials were processed by National Fireworks.
The NLO memorandum indicates that American Potash conducted uranium metal shaping and uranium-magnesium explosive forming studies for Union Carbide. The quantity of material used during the tests is unknown. Based upon thedescription of operations in the NLO memorandum, test quantities were involved. Union Carbide was responsible for accountability, and it isreasonable to assume that the material was removed from the site by UnionCarbide in accordance with AEC accountability procedures in place at the time.
Listing: American Potash & Chemical is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) under the EEOICPA.
As of 03/08/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at American Potash & Chemical is $0.
American Potash & Chemical Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $150K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have filed a claim and even if it has already been accepted or denied.
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