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Gardinier, Inc.

Also Known As: U.S. Phosphoric Plant Uranium Recovery Unit
Also Known As: Cargill Fertilizer, Inc.
Also Known As: U.S. Phosphoric Products Division of The Tennessee Corp.
State: Florida     Location: Tampa
Time Period: AWE 1951-1954; 1956-1961; Residual Radiation 1955; 1962-July 2006    
Facility Type:   Atomic Weapons Employer   

Facility Description: Under contract to the AEC, Gardinier (under the name U.S. Phosphoric Products) operated a pilot plant from 1951 to 1954 which recovered uranium from phosphoric acid. From 1956 to 1961, it produced uranium by recovery of U3O8 from phosphoric acid. Maximum production was 60 tons of uranium concentrate per year. The uranium was ultimately used in weapons production.

During the period of residual contamination, as designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as noted in the dates above, employees of subsequent owners and operators of this facility are also covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.