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Southern Research Institute

State: Alabama
Location: Birmingham
Time Period: AWE 1955-1958; 1962; 1976; Res. Rad. 1959-1961; 1963- 1975; 1977-March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: The Southern Research Institute was involved in several AEC projects. During the period from November 10, 1955 through June 1, 1958, it was licensed (License #C-3417) to receive source material from National Lead Company of Ohio (Fernald) for research on the properties of uranium-liquid metal fuel elements. The Institute performed hot tensile tests on uranium metal and was authorized to receive 300 pounds of normal uranium from NLO. Records also indicate that it handled test quantities of radioactive metals for NLO in 1976. The file also contains a proposal to NLO to test uranium workability at elevated temperature, but does not indicate if the work was done.
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.
There is no mention of the work performed in 1976, other than a FUSRAP document identifying test quantities of uranium. However, there is no mention of this work actually being performed.
From available documentation it appears that the work conducted by SRI was limited in scope and involved small amounts of radioactive material (uranium). No radiological survey data available from during or after the performance of this work is known to exist. It does appear that SRI was aware of, and implemented, appropriate laboratory controls during the work, which would limit the potential for residual contamination. However, in the absence of any radiological survey data, residual contamination cannot be ruled out.
Southern Research Institute is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 05/17/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Southern Research Institute is $150,000.
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