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Metal & Controls

Metals and Controls Corp.

Attleboro, Massachusetts

ALSO KNOWN AS: M&C Nuclear

Metals and Controls Nuclear Corp.

M & C

Texas Instruments

TIME PERIOD: 1952-1967; Residual Radiation 1968-July 2006


FACILITY DESCRIPTION: DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security Website:

Records indicate that the Metals and Controls Corp. fabricated fuel elements for production reactors, but it is unclear whether its work was related to the nuclear weapons complex. For example, Metals and Controls Corp. fabricated uranium foils for reactor experiments and fuel components, fabricated complete reactor cores for the Naval Reactors program, and fabricated uranium fuel elements for experimental and research reactors. Records indicate shipments of depleted uranium between Rocky Flats and M&C during the period from 1955-1958.


DISCUSSION:

Documentation reviewed indicates that there is potential for significant residual contamination outside of the period in which weapons-related production occurred.


A US NRC Document issued in on March 13, 1997 states that “Based on the actions taken by the licensee, our review of the surveys performed, and the results of the NRC confirmatory survey, the staff concludes that decommissioning has been satisfactorily completed at the TI Attleboro, Massachusetts site and the site now meets the NRC criteria described in the Action Plan for release for unrestricted use”.


INFORMATIONAL SOURCES:

Sources of information reviewed during this evaluation included:

 --DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security

--US NRC SECY-97-061, Removal of Texas Instruments, Inc. from Site --Decommissioning Management Plan

--Memo: Metals and Controls to US DOE September 28, 1992

 

EVALUATION FINDINGS:

Documentation reviewed indicates that there is a potential for significant residual contamination outside of the period in which weapons-related production occurred.


PERIOD OF POTENTIAL RESIDUAL CONTAMINATION

1968 - 1997

Attleboro also fabricated nuclear fuel for the Navy reactors program and
government research. The site was subject to extensive decontamination and
removal efforts in the 1990s and something like 300 former employees who got
cancer have qualified for a government compensation program. M&C was
acquired by Texas Instruments in '59.

Here are some possibly useful links:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/OCAS/ocassec.html#cancers

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ocas/metcont.html#sec

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ocas/pdfs/sec/metcont/metconter.pdf

http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML9929/ML992920120.pdf

http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/decommissioning/complex/texas-instruments.htm
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