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Associated Aircraft Tool and Manufacturing Co.

Also Known As: Force Control Industries, Fairfield, Former Dixie Machinery ownership
State: Ohio
Location: Fairfield
Time Period: AWE 1956; Residual Radiation 1957-1993; DOE 1994 – 1995(remediation)
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE), Department of Energy (DOE)
 
Facility Description: From February to September 1956, Associate Aircraft Tool and Manufacturing Company machined hollow uranium slugs for the Hanford and Savannah River plutonium-production reactors under a subcontract from National Lead Company of Ohio (Fernald). Associate Aircraft machined approximately 96,000 slugs during the eight-month contract period.
 
Cleanup activities were performed in 1994-1995 by Thermo Nutech under the Bechtel National Inc. umbrella site remediation contract as part of the Formerly Utilized Site Remediation Action Program (FUSRAP).
 
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.
 
Listing:
Associated Aircraft Tool and Manufacturing Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site 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 Associated Aircraft Tool and Manufacturing Co. is $327,767.
 
Associated Aircraft Tool and Manufacturing Co. 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.
 
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.
 
*Site Description and History :
The Fairfield, Ohio, Site (formerly the Associate Aircraft site) is located at 3660 Dixie Highway, approximately 15 miles northwest of Cincinnati. The site comprises the former Associate Aircraft building and an exterior parking lot shared by two other companies. The machine shop is housed in a building approximately 20,000 to 25,000 square feet in area. Force Control Industries, Inc. purchased the site in 1969 from Dixie Machinery.
 
From February to September 1956, Associate Aircraft Tool and Manufacturing Company, a Cincinnati area machine shop, contracted with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) through the National Lead of Ohio (NLO) to machine and shape uranium metal for the Hanford, Washington, and Savannah River, South Carolina, nuclear reactors. The primary activities included machining, hollow drilling, reaming, and turning approximately 95,000 pieces of uranium stock to a final outside diameter. The contract expired in September 1956 and was not renewed. From October through November 1956, under NLO supervision, Associate Aircraft decontaminated the site to levels considered acceptable at that time. After an intensive 5-week decontamination period, NLO conducted radiological surveys and determined that alpha radiation was well below applicable guidelines. A December 1956 decontamination report recorded contamination levels on machine surfaces exceeding current guidelines, but it was assumed (but not documented) that final disposition of the equipment complied with contractual requirements.
 
From October through November 1956, under NLO supervision, Associate Aircraft decontaminated the site to levels considered acceptable at that time. After an intensive 5-week decontamination period, NLO conducted radiological surveys and determined that alpha radiation was well below applicable guidelines. A December 1956 decontamination report recorded contamination levels on machine surfaces exceeding current guidelines, but it was assumed (but not documented) that final disposition of the equipment complied with contractual requirements. During a limited radiological survey in June 1992, uranium contamination was found in some concrete expansion joints and on several overhead horizontal surfaces. A radiological survey of the remainder of the property, conducted in September 1992, identified additional residual uranium contamination inside the building and in several small, isolated areas around the building. In 1993, the Fairfield site was designated for remedial action under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). From December 1994 to June 1995, Bechtel National, Inc., the project management contractor for FUSRAP, defined the extent of contamination and performed remedial design engineering and remedial action at the Fairfield site. ThermoAnalytical (now Thermo NUtech) served as the radiological support subcontractor for sampling and analysis activities, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory was the independent verification contractor. Natural uranium isotopes were found to be the only material contributing significantly to contamination at the site. Supplemental limits were applied to residual uranium-238 that was left in place in soil beneath a concrete slab in a bay built in 1994 on the east end of the building.
 
All soils and residual radioactive materials from the building that exceeded site-specific health-based guidelines were removed from the site and disposed of as low-level radioactive waste at a licensed disposal facility in Clive, Utah. In addition, all lead-containing paint contaminated with residual radioactive material above site-specific criteria was removed from the site and managed as a mixed waste stream in accordance with applicable hazardous waste regulations. Asbestos-containing floor tiles contaminated with radioactive materials were also removed, packaged, and shipped to a commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
 
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