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24. Back to Fernald

Ashtabula returns uranium metal, in the form of long tubes, to Fernald. A worker stands by while a blanking machine cuts the metal into 14-inch segments, each weighing 28 pounds. These are Fernals's top product: Mark 31 Target Element Cores. They are called target element cores because at Department of Energy reactors elsewhere the will be bombarded with neutrons and transformed into weapons-grade plutonium.

Feed materials Production Center, Fernald, Ohio. December 17, 1985.

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