Also Known As: Uranium Recovery Pilot Plant and Laboratory, TVA
Location: Muscle Shoals
Time Period: 1951-1955
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: At its National Fertilizer Development Center, the TVA performed research and development on uranium recovery under formal agreement with the AEC. The work involved the extraction of uranium during the production of fertilizer from leached zone phosphate ore. A laboratory and pilot plant were operated at the fertilizer plant, but little uranium (about 2.5 kilograms of uranium concentrate) was produced.
Tennessee Valley Authority is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 02/25/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Tennessee Valley Authority is $2,437,076.
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Site Function :
From 1951 to 1955, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) ‘.perforned research and development on uranium recovery under formal agreement with the Atomic Energy Cormrission (AEC). The work involved extraction of uranium during the production of fertilizer from leached zone phosphate ore (aluminum phosphate) from Florida. The method used for separation was a solvent extraction process developed by Dow Chemical Company of Walnut Creek, California. A laboratory and pilot plant were operated at the fertilizer plant, but little uranium (about 2.5 kllograms of uranium concentrate) was produced, and it contained from 0.3 to 25 percent uranium, with an average of 2 percent by weight. phosphate slag processed to concentrate the The amount of associated uranium was insignificant when compared to the total amount of slag produced by the fertilizer plant operations. The disposition of the product and the original process laboratory and pilot plant equipment is not known.
Site Description :
The portions of this facility used for AEC work were Rooms 20 and 21 of the Research and Engineering Building, the Pilot Plant area of Building 411, and two laboratories of the National Fertilizer Development Center (Rooms T-283 and L-275/6). Except for Buildin g 411, which has been modified three times, these areas have remained unchanged. Pilot-scale studies of solvent extraction were carried out in a wooden structure inside the pilot plant building, and the wooden structure was later dismantled. The attached figure shows the location of the site in Muscle Shoals.
Technical Basis Documents
Technical Basis Document: Basis for the Development of an Exposure Matrix for Tennessee Valley Authority, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Period of Operation: 1951–1955
Effective Date: 03/30/2004