2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 27 Feb 2005 00:48:42 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Nuclear workers health claims in limbo
Health claims in limbo

Workers at two plants are trying to get compensation for health problems.

By Dennis Pelham
Adrian Daily Telegram (MI)
February 26, 2005

ADRIAN -- Former workers at two Adrian manufacturing plants where
nuclear weapons components were made in the 1950s are striking out so
far in compensation claims for health problems.

None of 142 claims involving 100 former employees of Bridgeport Brass
and Gerity-Michigan Corp. have been approved and more than half have
been denied.

A federal program launched nearly four years ago offers a $150,000 lump
sum payment in addition to medical benefits to workers or survivors of
workers who became ill from exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica.
The program included the former Bridgeport Brass plant that now houses
Delphi Interiors and the former Gerity-Michigan Corp. plant, also East
Beecher Street, that is now home to Dura Corp.

>From 1954 to 1961, uranium fuel elements used in nuclear weapons
production were shaped in a large extrusion press at the Bridgeport
Brass plant. Beryllium tubes and rods for nuclear weapons were
manufactured at the Gerity-Michigan plant from 1949 through the 1950s.


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