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Oak Ridge National Laboratory - RaLa Program
Subject Terms:
RaLa Program, ORNL; direct cost, radioactive; plutonium, slugs; process modification
Holland, A.H. (U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Oak Ridge, TN (US)); Holland, A.H. (U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Oak Ridge, TN (US))
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Worker Health and Safety; Specific Material\Plutonium
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Publication Date:
1949 Aug 24
Declassification Date:
1993 Oct 18
Declassification Status:
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Document Number(s):
CF-49-8-281, Copy 8; Series A; SeriesA
Originating Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This correspondence references a letter dated June 20, 1949, from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) concerning a proposal for the RaLa Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In reply to the letter, the costs of the Laboratory RaLa Program for fiscal year 1950 were submitted by ORNL. A total of $258,700 was estimated for the process modification and a breakdown of the costs given, but the estimate did not provide for modifications to the Cell B container handling equipment. It requested that the AEC supply the money needed for the construction phase of the work, an estimated $81,700, which with overhead will probably amount to $122,40. The total Development and Design Costs were estimated at $67,400 (Direct Costs). A tentative time schedule was indicated for the modification of the RaLa facility based on the assumption the program would be approved immediately. In a letter to the AEC on April 22, 1949, it was strongly recommended that the laboratory facilities for RaLa production be expanded to handle 10,000-curie batches and any new construction at Hanford or elsewhere be postponed until a more reliable process could be developed. ORNL listed reasons for the April 22 recommendation and empasized that immediate approval of the process modification was essential to eliminate the hazards and inefficiencies of the RaLa operation. Attachments are an economic justification for modifying the ORNL-RaLa Plant to 10,000-curie batches and development on the RaLa process at ORNL.

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