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The Oak Ridge plant began the development work in 1950 and within a couple of years started experimenting with different processes to separate isotopes of lithium. The goal was to selectively concentrate the lighter lithium-6 isotope for use in fusion-type weapons, which became known as hydrogen bombs...
And there were big-time spills. According to documents posted on a Department of Labor website, there were five mercury spills between 1956 and 1966 at Alpha-4 and Alpha-5 — two of the Colex production facilities — that totaled between 285,500 and 500,000 pounds. One of those spills occurred in March 1966