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Simonds Saw And Steel: Fools work radioactive metals for USA's atomic programs in metal shacks without protective equipment.

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Simonds Saw and Steel rolled uranium billets into rods for the AEC as part of the multi-site process overseen by the New York Operations Office..

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ocas/simondss.html

Simonds Saw and Steel Co.

(Site Profile/Docket Number 51)

Location: Lockport, New York

Also known as: Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Corp., Simonds Saw and Steel Div., Guterl Special Steel Corp., Simonds Steel Division, Wallace-Murray Corporation

Class(es) Added to the SEC

All Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at Simonds Saw and Steel Co. from January 1, 1948 through December 31, 1957, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort.


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Government Assessments

“Performed rolling mill operations on natural uranium and thorium metal.”

“Simonds Saw and Steel rolled uranium billets into rods for the AEC as part of the multi-site process overseen by the New York Operations Office for the production of uranium metal for fabrication into slugs for fueling Hanford production reactors. Simonds also rolled thorium metal whose most likely use was irradiation in Hanford reactors for the weapons program. Simonds rolled between 25 million and 35 million pounds of uranium and between 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of thorium.”

Radioactive Materials / Other Materials of Interest

- Thorium
- Uranium

NIOSH* 2011 Evaluation: Potential exists for significant residual radiation (from 1958 to time of study)

“Records indicate that between 25 million and 35 million pounds of uranium, and 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of thorium may have been processed at this facility. Contract activities with AEC ended sometime in the 1957-58 period. As part of contract termination, a large-scale facility decontamination was required to have been performed, but it is unclear whether it was ever performed. A 1976 ORNL survey of the facility identified alpha contamination was within “acceptable” limits, but beta-gamma radiation “...in some areas exceeded the maximum allowable for unrestricted use specified in NRC guidelines.””

address (may be historical):695 Ohio Street (Lockport NY 14094 USA)

Current occupant/owner: Allegheny Technologies, Inc.

Current occupant/owner comment:

An Allegheny spokesman said the company purchased the location in 1984 but didn't take possession of the entire site. In its pre-purchase review, Allegheny discovered that nuclear work had been done there. On a tour of the site with detection equipment, one company examiner started getting low-level radioactivity readings, he said. While there were no government restrictions on the use of the site, Allegheny didn't want any future liability that might come from a site with radioactive contamination, he said. That portion of the site went to the federal government. The spokesman added that the company satisfied itself that there was no radioactive contamination on the other portion of the site, which is home to an Allegheny plant that processes specialty alloys.

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Lou’s Views

….Lockport’s Old Photo Album

It May Not Have Been Radioactive…But It Was HOT!

Remembering Production At Simonds Saw & Steel Mill!

At one time Simonds Saw & Steel Company employed about 900 workers in its Ohio Street complex in Lockport. The steel and metal plant was in operation from 1910 through 1978. Its facilities were sold out to Guterl Special Steel Corp of Pittsburgh, PA in 1978 and that company went into bankruptcy in 1982. The Lockport plant closed in 1983. A segment of the company’s property (non-contaminated with hazardous waste) was purchased by Allegheny Ludlum (with financing backed by Niagara County IDA bonds) in 1984 for $9.5-million at a bankruptcy sale. Operations continue there today with employment estimated at under 100. Allegheny melts and refines “specialty metals.”

The picture at the left was of the steel operation at Simonds in its heyday.

The Simonds family started the business in 1910 making cutting devices such as saws and knives. It gradually moved into specialty steel production.

From 1948 to about 1956 the company did work for the United States government fabricating about 35-million pounds of uranium and about 40,000 pounds of thorium—both radioactive metals. The work was extremely profitable for the Simonds operation and much of the details were conveniently covered in secrecy for “national security considerations.” But the workers knew of the types of material they were working with and that it had “some degree” of radioactivity. Current reports indicate workers will never informed of the level of radioactivity or of the dangers of chronic exposure. Nor were they adequately protected, reports say, from the dust generated by the operation.

The company didn’t disclose publicly that waste from the operation was being dumped on site. It wasn’t until many years after the Simmonds family sold their stock (in 1965) and bailed out that the liabilities left behind became known.

As with many hazardous waste sites there have been enough property transfers along the line to make the question of payment for cleanup a legal matter. The Simmonds family appears to be fairly well insulated from current claims on their collective fortunes to help pay for the cleanup. The Orange County investment company (Shelter Rock Investors Corp) which bought the Simmond stock and operated the company until its sale to Guterl, also appears to have sheltered itself from paying for cleanup. With Guterl bankrupt, that appears to mean that the taxpayers of Lockport, New York State, or the United States are left holding the bag —- estimated to cost millions of dollars. (9/9)

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