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Armour Research Foundation

Also Known As: ARF, Illinois Institute of Technology, IIT
State: Illinois
Location: Chicago
Time Period: 1957; Residual Radiation 1958 – March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
 
Facility Description: Records indicate that Armour Research Foundation may have tested radioactive materials for National Lead Company of Ohio (Fernald), specifically test quantities of materials other than metal (UF4 or ThO2).
 
*BACKGROUND:
The Armour Research Foundation was part of the Illinois Institute ofTechnology whose address was identified as 10 West 35th Street,Chicago, Illinois. The Institute’s facility went from 35th to part of30th Streets and was primarily between State Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway. ARF was located at 31st and Dan Ryan. The major portion, of the work supporting the Foundation was government sponsored. The August 1961 financial report for the institute indicated that more than three quarters of their operational funding was government derived.
 
NRC records indicate that irradiated source, and special nuclear materials were received through Argonne or AEC Albuquerque Operations Office and was covered under AEC licenses. Licenses identified in NRC Docket 70-00054 included SNM-49 and SNM-1210 for special nuclear materials, SMB-444 for source material, and R-3 reactor license. In 1963, ARF’s name was changed to IIT Research Institute. The last license identified under IIT Research Institute was 12-00171-03. All license files after 1980 were kept with the 12-00171-03 docket. The IIT reactor was dismantled May 1976 and the final decontamination report was issued in October 1978 and revised in December. It was
 
prepared by Hittman and Associates. The last amendment to the licenses in the NRC docket was dated October 1983. The current license status of the site is unknown.
 
CONCLUSION:
No additional DOE investigations of this site appear warranted in light of the license history. Responsibility for nuclear materials at the site, the reactor and associated research would appear to be NRC’s.
 
Location of Records:
1) Chicago Operations Health and Safety Files at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, Illinois.
2) NRC Docket 70-00054 (Retired), NRC, Silver Spring;Maryland
3) Raw Materials Division Records at Suitland, Maryland.
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Listing:
Armour Research Foundation is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) under the EEOICPA.
 
Compensation:
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 the Armour Research Foundation is $314,646.
 
Armour Research Foundation 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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