The EEOICPA was passed in 2000. It provides compensation to workers who became ill as a result of their employment manufacturing nuclear weapons in the USA, as well as their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue EEOICPA coverage is available for qualified former Workers and their families.

Are you eligible for compensation? If you or a family member worked at this or another AWE/DOE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-548-4494 or fill out our free claim evaluation, We can help even if you’ve already filed, even if your claim was denied!

Here, we have compiled publicly available information and documentation about the facilities covered by the Act to clarify how their activities relate to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue

Also Known As: Battelle Columbus Laboratories (BCL), Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI), West Jefferson Plutonium Facilities
State: Ohio
Location: Columbus
Time Period: AWE 1943-1986; BE 1943-1961; DOE 1986-2000 (remediation); Residual Radiation 2001 – March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE), Beryllium Vendor(BE), Department of Energy(DOE)

Facility Description: From 1943 to 1986, Battelle Memorial Institute performed atomic energy research and development as well as beryllium work for the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies. The Battelle Laboratories have two separate locations in Columbus – King Avenue and West Jefferson. Battelle’s research supported the government’s fuel and target fabrication program, including fabrication of uranium and fuel elements, reactor development, submarine propulsion, fuel reprocessing, and the safe use of reactor vessels and piping.

The following activities were performed at the King Avenue location: processing and machining enriched, natural, and depleted uranium and thorium; fabricating fuel elements; analyzing radiochemicals; and studying power metallurgy. Beryllium work was conducted from 1943 until at least 1961.

Listing:
Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site from 1943-86, as a Beryllium Employer (BE) site from 1943-61, and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site from1986-89 under the EEOICPA.

Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
All Atomic Weapons Employees who worked at the King Avenue facility owned by Battelle Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, during the period from April 16, 1943, through June 30, 1956, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort
(Note: This class was established from Petition 208)

All Atomic Weapons Employees who worked at the facility owned by the Battelle Laboratories at the King Avenue site in Columbus, Ohio, during the period from July 1, 1956, through December 31, 1970, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort
(Note: This class was established from Petition 229)

Compensation:
As of 08/23/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue is $10,431,497. Click here for a current accounting of compensation paid to former Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue Workers under the EEOICPA.

Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have filed a claim and even if your claim has already been accepted or denied.

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History:
Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue is located in Columbus, Ohio. In April 1943, an initial contract was made with Manhattan Engineering District to begin fabrication, rolling, forging, and extrusion of uranium metal. In addition, forging of thorium was also carried out. Both processes occurred from the mid-1940’s until the early 1950’s. The facility was also involved in research to obtain uranium and thorium from phosphate ores and monazite sands. Early processing and research was carried out with no radiation detection equipment and the facility was not equipped to handle radioactivity. It wasn’t until 1951 that external monitoring devices were provided for certain employees and 1955 until internal monitoring bioassays were carried out.

Battelle Laboratories on King Avenue continues to carry out research and development today and is one facility of the Battelle Memorial Institute with facilities around the world. The Institute was founded in 1929 by the family of the steel industrialist, Gordon Battelle. This not-for-profit is one of the world’s largest research and development organizations in its own right and also manages four Department of Energy-sponsored laboratories – Brookhaven, Oak Ridge, Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Laboratories.

NIOSH site profile:
Facility Description: From 1943 to 1986, BMI performed atomic energy research and development [R&D] for DOE and its predecessor agencies. The Battelle Laboratories have two separate locations in Columbus: King Avenue and West Jefferson. Battelle’s research supported the government’s fuel and target fabrication program, including fabrication of uranium and fuel elements, reactor development, submarine propulsion, fuel reprocessing, and the safe e of reactor vessels and piping. The following activities were performed at the King Avenue site: processing and machining enriched, natural, and depleted uranium and thorium; fabricating fuel elements; analyzing radiochemicals; and studying power metallurgy. The following activities were performed at the West Jefferson site: operation of a large hot cell facility and a research reactor. Reactor operations began in October 1956, and ended in December 1974. The reactor was defueled and partially dismantled in 1975 and Battelle’s license was changed to possession-only status.

DOCUMENTS:
NIOSH SEC Evaluation Report:
Petition 208 (Apr 16, 1943 to Jun 30, 1956)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00208 – Report Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: November 19, 2012

 
Petition 229 (Jul 1, 1956 to Dec 31, 1970)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00229 – Report Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: November 2, 2015

 
Technical Basis Documents:
Site Profile for Battelle Memorial Institute, King Avenue and West Jefferson Sites, Columbus, Ohio