The Cimarron Fuel Fabrication Site, owned and operated by the Kerr/McGee Corporation (KMC) from 1965 to 1975, was a nuclear fuel production facility located by the Cimarron River near Cimarron City, Oklahoma. The site, at the time one of Oklahoma’s most-known and top employers, is most known for huge scandals brought to national attention by one of its workers, Karen Silkwood . Karen Silkwood was a metallography laboratory technician making plutonium pellets. As one of the first female members and a leader of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, she participated in a union strike against the company for its history of numerous health and safety issues such as exposure of workers to contamination, faulty respiratory equipment and improper storage of samples. She also believed the lack of sufficient shower facilities could increase the risk of employee contamination . Other union members also claimed that "the Kerr-McGee plant had manufactured faulty fuel rods, falsified product inspection records, and risked employee safety” .