American Bearing Corp. was selected to
participate in the machining of a sample lot of
four hollow extrusion uranium billets from
ingots for National Lead of Ohio (Fernald).
Subsequently, National Lead used the Special
Products Area of American Bearing to process
uranium materials in the late 1950s. In May
1959, National Lead Industries (NLI), Nuclear
Division was formed in Albany (Colonie), NY, and
this work was moved to this NLI facility.
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.
Most of the heavy water for the U.S. nuclear weapons programs was made at two sites: the Dana Heavy Water Plant and the Savannah River Heavy Water Plant. The Dana Heavy Water Plant was designed and built by the Girdler Corporation (under direction from E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company) and operated by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. The plant, located in Newport, Indiana, operated until May 1957, and remained on standby until July 1959. The site used a combination of hydrogen sulfide-water chemical exchange, water distillation, and electrolysis processes to make heavy water.