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Houdaille Industries Nickel Recovery Study Not Found
Former employees of Houdille have alleged that the factory utilized recycled nickel. During the time period, the recycling could have pertained to nickel contaminated by uranium and other elements from gaseous diffusion plants. Employees there petition and were denied status of atomic energy employees.
The Huntington (Reduction) Pilot Plant , a then classified atomic energy commission (now Department of Energy) facility, operated at Huntington Alloys from 1952-1962, then remained in "cold stand by" until demolition 1978-1979, when radioactively contaminated portions were buried in Piketon, Ohio, on the grounds of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Huntington's plant processed and recycled barrier and feed materials (among other operations). A Nuclear Regulatory Commission appendix indicated that specially prepared compounds were utilized in the diffusion plants, including "nickel or alloys containing 60 percent or more nickel, aluminum oxide, or UF6-resistant fully fluorinated hydrocarbon polymers having a purity of 99.9 percent by weight or more, a particle size less than 10 µm, and a high degree of particle size uniformity, which are especially prepared for the manufacture of gaseous diffusion barriers."
Cylinders of uranium hexafluoride (UF 6) were evaporated from cylinders and tails of gaseous streams. Again, the NRC document indicated, "All surfaces which come into contact with the process gas are wholly made of, or lined with, UF6-resistant materials. For the purposes of this appendix, the materials resistant to corrosion by UF6 include copper, copper alloys, stainless steel, aluminum, aluminum oxide, aluminum alloys, nickel or alloys containing 60 percent or more nickel and fluorinated hydrocarbon polymers."
Houdaille workers have claimed cancer illnesses related to the recycled materials. No connection has been found.
Although not eligible for energy worker compensation, a 40 year employee of Huntington Alloys recently received a spinal cancer diagnosis and a terminal prognosis.