$30 Million in Cash, Benefits Now Paid to former Huntington Uranium Workers, Survivors

Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
$30 Million in Cash, Benefits Now Paid to former Huntington Uranium Workers, Survivors

At least $30 million dollars in cash, compensation and health benefits have been paid to former workers and their survivors for occupation illness while working at the atomic weapons / uranium processing Huntington Pilot Plant.

The plant which was leased by INCO to the Department of Energy's predecessor operated from the early 1950s until it was placed on cold stand by in 1962. Cold Stand By, for other similar plants meant that the nation had adequate atomic weapons. HPP was not restarted. Instead, due to contamination, it was disassembled and the debris buried in a classified landfill at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon, Ohio.

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."

http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/regs/compliance/statistics/WebPages%5CWES...

Although multiple processes occurred at the plant, those connected to weapons production of nickel carbonyl starting material barriers contained radioactive ingredients.

Hydrogen   CAS: 1333-74-0   Aliases: Protium; H; H2  C ategory: Gases  
Review details for this chemical, Neptunium  Neptunium   CAS: 7439-99-8   Aliases: Neptunium-237; Neptunium 237; Neptunium-239; Neptunium 239; Transuranic; Np  Category: Radiation and Radioactive Substances  
Review details for this chemical, Nickel  Nickel   CAS: 7440-02-0   Aliases: Nickel fumes; nickel dust; nickel powder; Raney nickel; Raney alloy; Electroless nickel; L Nickel; Ni-63; Ni 63; Nickel felt; Ni  Category: Metals  
Review details for this chemical, Plutonium  Plutonium   CAS: 7440-07-5   Aliases: Plutonium-238; Plutonium 238; Plutonium-239; Plutonium 239; Plutonium-240; Plutonium 240; Plutonium-241; Plutonium 241; Plutonium-242; Plutonium 242; Plutonium-244; Plutonium 244; Pu-238; Pu 238; Pu-239; Pu 239; Pu-240; Pu 240; Pu-241; Pu 241; Pu-242; Pu 242; Pu-244; Pu 244; Transuranic; Pu; Product  Category: Radiation and Radioactive Substances  
Review details for this chemical, Thorium  Thorium   CAS: 7440-29-1   Aliases: Thorium-228; Thorium 228; Th-228; Th 228; Thorium-229; Thorium 229; Th-229; Th 229; Th-229 tracer; Th 229 tracer; Thorium-230; Thorium 230; Th-230; Th 230; Ionium; Thorium-232; Thorium 232; Th-232; Th 232; Thorium-234; Thorium 234; Th-234; Th 234; Th  Category: Radiation and Radioactive Substances  
Review details for this chemical, Uranium  Uranium   CAS: 7440-61-1   Aliases: U-232 tracer; U 232 tracer; Uranium-233; Uranium 233; Uranium-234; Uranium 234; Uranium-235; Uranium 235; Uranium-236; Uranium 236; Uranium-238; Uranium 238; The metal; EU (enriched); Oralloy (enriched); Tuballoy (natural); D-38 (depleted); D 38 (depleted); Staballoy (depleted); Depleted uranium; Tube alloy; Q metal; U; U-232; U 232; U-233; U 233; U-234; U 234; U-235; U 235; U-236; U 236; U-238; U 238  Category: Radiation and Radioactive Substances  

 http://www.sem.dol.gov/expanded/SiteProc2.cfm 

Nickel and uranium isotopes were stored at the former site, too.

  Nickel   CAS: 7440-02-0   Aliases: Nickel fumes; nickel dust; nickel powder; Raney nickel; Raney alloy; Electroless nickel; L Nickel; Ni-63; Ni 63; Nickel felt; Ni  Category: Metals  
Review details for this chemical, Uranium  Uranium   CAS: 7440-61-1   Aliases: U-232 tracer; U 232 tracer; Uranium-233; Uranium 233; Uranium-234; Uranium 234; Uranium-235; Uranium 235; Uranium-236; Uranium 236; Uranium-238; Uranium 238; The metal; EU (enriched); Oralloy (enriched); Tuballoy (natural); D-38 (depleted); D 38 (depleted); Staballoy (depleted); Depleted uranium; Tube alloy; Q metal; U; U-232; U 232; U-233; U 233; U-234; U 234; U-235; U 235; U-236; U 236; U-238; U 238  Category: Radiation and Radioactive Substances  

However, only two forms of explosives or components were kept at the plant:

  Nitro- cellulose   CAS: 9004- 70- 0   Aliases: Nitrocellulose; NC; Cellulose nitrate; Cellulose tetranitrate; Nitrocotton; Guncotton; Pyroxylin; Collodion; Parlodian; Parlodion; Celex; Hercules smokeless powder; C12H16(ONO2)4O6
View details for this toxic substance, Nitroglycerin    Nitroglycerin   CAS: 55- 63- 0   Aliases: Nitroglycerine; Glyceryl trinitrate; Trinitroglycerin; Nitrocene; 1,2,3- Propanetriol, trinitrate; 1,2,3- Propanetriyl nitrate; Adesitrin; Angiplex; Anglix; Angonist; Blasting gelatin; Blasting oil; Buccard; Cardabid; Cardamist; Cardinit; Cardiodisco; Cordipatch; Corditrine; Coro- Nitro; Dauxona; Deponit; GTN; Gilucor nitro; Glycerine trinitrate; Glyceryl; Glyceryl nitrate; NG; NGN; Millisrol; Minitram; Minitran; Mionitrat; NTG;NTS; Natispray; Niglin; Niglycon; Nit- Ret; Nitora; Nitradisc; Nitrek; Nitriderm TTS; Nitrin; Nitrine; Nitro IV; Nitro Retard; Nitro- Bid; Nitro- Dur; Nitro- Par; Nitro- Span; Nitro- Time; NitroQuick; Nitrobaat; Nitrocerin; Nitrocine; Nitroclyn; Nitrocontin; Nitrocor; Nitrocot; Nitroderm; Nitrodisc; Nitrodyl; Nitrogard; Nitroglin; Nitroglycerol; Nitrol; Nitrolan; Nitrolin; Nitromint; Nitromist; Nitronal; Nitronet; Nitropen; Nitroplast; Nitrorex; Nitrostabilin; CH2NO3CHNO3CH2NO3; C3H5N3O9;

 

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.