EEOICPA Reactive Metals

RMI, Extrusion Plant, DOE, DOL, NIOSH, Documents

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 Reactive Metals, Ashtabula Ohio

 

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Reactive Metals is a DOE facility for 1962-November 1, 2006 so workers are eligible to file Part B claims.

The Ashtabula site (formerly known as Reactive Metals, Inc.) opened in 1962 and ended production in 1988. During this time, the site received uranium for processing under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor Agencies. Processing involved the extrusion and/or forging of depleted, normal and slightly enriched uranium metal, as well as experimental quantities of thorium metal, into driver and target elements for the Hanford and Savannah River weapons program reactors.

By April of 1993, DOE and RMI had formed a partnership to remediate the site and the Agency contracted with RMI Environmental Services (RMIES), a division of the RMI Titanium Company, to perform and manage the cleanup project. RMIES has since changed its name to EARTHLINE Technologies. All D&D work was completed in November 2006.

RMI of Ashtabula, Ohio, was the corporate successor of the Bridgeport Brass Company of Adrian, Michigan, which performed similar extrusion work from 1954 to 1961.

In addition to its work for DOE and its predecessor Agencies, Ashtabula performed work for the Department of Defense and a number of commercial entities under a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license.

RMI Titanium Company Extrusion Plant (formerly known as Reactive Metals, Inc.) is located in northern Ashtabula County, Ohio, about 5 kilometers (three miles) northeast of the center of the City of Ashtabula and approximately one mile south of Lake Erie.  The RMI is a privately owned facility. From 1962 to 1988, the company received uranium billets and refined them into various shapes for fuel and target fabrication use by the Department of Energy and its predecessors. RMI also performed work for the Department of Defense and a number of commercial entities under a Nuclear Regulatory Commission License. Twenty-six years of handling, extruding, forging, and machining uranium at the facility have resulted in onsite and offsite contamination of buildings and environmental media. Contaminants consist of solvents and low-level radionuclides.

Bridgeport Brass, at the Havens Laboratory in Connecticut and in Adrian, Michigan, worked to improve the process for extruding uranium. Eventually this work was taken over by Reactive Metals, which operated the AEC/DOE extrusion facility in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Alternative Names

  • Extrusion Plant
  • RMI
  • RMI Titanium Company
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    DOE

    DOE's Legacy Management has a webpage on Reactive Metals.

    DOE Contractors

  • RMI and its corporate successors as described above (1962-November 1, 2006)
  • Westinghouse Environmental Management Company (WEMCO) (August1987-December 1992)
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    DOL

    DOL has a webpage of EEOICPA payment statistics and a Site Exposure Matrix for Reactive Metals Inc. and provides claim payment information for Reactive Metals.

     

    NIOSH

    NIOSH has a Technical Basis Document for Reactive Metals.

     

    Other

    The Wall Street Journal Waste Lands series provides information on Reactive Metals.

     

    Reactive Metals Documents

  • Failure to Exercise Adequate Oversight of Agency Functions and Activities
  • Remediation of Groundwater Contaminated With Organics 
  • RMI-1 Quarterly Progress Summary, April-June 1964
  • RMI-SER-1993 Site Environmental Report for the RMI Titanium Company Extrusion Plant, Ashtabula, Ohio from 1 January-31 December 1993
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