$30 Million in Cash, Benefits Now Paid to former Huntington Uranium Workers, Survivors
According to the most current (March 3, 2013) statistics from the Department of Labor, 769 individual workers are represented in the $30,719,671 payout. $4.25 million represent medical claims.
1,467 claims were filed; 794 were deemed "covered."
Although multiple processes occurred at the plant, those connected to weapons production of nickel carbonyl starting material barriers contained radioactive ingredients.
Nickel and uranium isotopes were stored at the former site, too.
However, only two forms of explosives or components were kept at the plant:
Prior to the construction of the Huntington Pilot Plant, which was part of the gaseous diffusion process, the INCO facility contributed to the development of "Little Boy," the bomb dropped in 1945 on Hiroshima.
Interestingly, the floodwall constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers , which now must be upgraded, had been extended to protect the INCO plant in Guyandotte --- and one building in particular. According to James Casto, former associate editor of the Herald Dispatch in a 2011 Huntington Quarterly article, a 1945 flood reached 60 feet. The levy protected INCO which at that time was completing work on "the bomb" (i.e. Little Boy) , which five months later would be used on Hiroshima.