Nuclear Workers Advocacy Asks DOL, DOE, NIOSH to Investigate Radiation at former Huntington Plant

Updated 10 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Nuclear Workers Advocacy Asks DOL, DOE, NIOSH to Investigate Radiation at former Huntington Plant

The Alliance for Nuclear Workers Advocacy has asked that the Department of Labor , National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Department of Energy investigate residual contamination and worker exposure at International Nickel and the former Huntington Pilot (Reduction Pilot) Plant, a Atomic Energy Commission facility that INCO leased to the agency.

Three of the contracts from the 40s apparently refer to the Manhattan Engineering District. A handwritten document stated “nickel plating of uranium slugs.”

 

Fay Vileger on behalf of ANWAG stated: . “However, it is unclear if this document concerns International Nickel’s Huntington, WV facility or the one located in Bayonne, NJ or both.  We checked the Department of Energy’s Covered Facility database and found that HPP workers are covered from 1951 to 1963 and the Bayonne workers from 1951 to 1952. There is evidence that work necessary to the atomic work during World War II was performed prior to these dates.”

Due to the HPP/RPP remaining shuttered , on cold stand by, the atomic workers organization suggests that those who performed work inside the building contaminated enough to require burial in a classified, contaminated landfill would qualify for the atomic workers Plan B and/or Plan E (apx. $150,000) for cancers and medical expenses.

“ANWAG also questions the decision not to cover workers at HPP from 1964 to 1977.  It seems logical that workers would have been exposed to residual contamination during that time period if the workers in 1978 and 1979 were exposed during the decommissioning of the facility.”