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Also Known As: Chemistry Building, Locomotive Lab
State: Indiana
Location: Lafayette
Time Period: 1942-1946
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
 
Facility Description: Purdue was involved in nuclear physics research during the Manhattan Project.
 
*DISCUSSION:
Documentation indicates Purdue University performed work related to “Hydrochlorination of T salts followed by a vapor phase chlorinization of the resulting residue to give satisfactory TCl4 product with no appreciable loss of T material.”
 
Other work included unspecified testing of what appears to be one pound of uranium metal sawdust, and process development in the manufacture of fluorocarbons.
 
Materials used appear to be small research quantities. A FUSRAP determination made in 1987 indicates little likelihood for radioactive contamination.
 
Documentation reviewed suggests that limited research quantities of material were used. There is also documentation of contamination and airborne radioactivity surveys that were performed during operations. Because of the small amount of material handles and the fact that radiological monitoring was being performed, little potential exists for radioactive contamination resulting from AEC/DOE research beyond the period in which weapons- related production occurred.
*Source
 
Listing:
Purdue University is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.
 
Compensation:
As of 03/15/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Purdue University is $151,577.
 

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