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Gloria ReynoldsGloria Reynolds
04:16 30 Mar 24
Stephens & Stephens was very helpful in getting my claim processed and helping me in getting my settlement, staff was knowledgeable and professional and very kind if I call and needed to ask a question they would call me back within a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help .Continue to be blessed Gloria
Dee GodfreyDee Godfrey
18:49 12 Mar 24
I was astounded with the service I received from Mr. Hugh Stephens in regard to my husband's compensation claim. He was not only efficient, but also compassionate, and communicated clearly and frequently. Because of his outstanding efforts and expertise, I, who am now a grieving widow, am unexpectedly stabile and secure. I had little to do. He did all the heavy lifting. I'm so very grateful for his help. I'll always remember not only his professionalism, but also his kindness.
Audrey OgletreeAudrey Ogletree
22:19 09 Mar 24
From: Laurence OgletreeI received good assistance from Stephens & Stephens in submitting the recent claim for increased impairment benefits from the Energy Workers program.
Randy MooreRandy Moore
14:48 07 Mar 24
I was a machinist at Honeywell F.M.&T.and developed bilateral tinnitus and bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. They helped me file a claim with EEOICPA in 2017. Stephen’s & Stephen’s was very good to work with, they take care of all the paperwork and help with any paperwork I receive from the Department of Labor. They stay on top of things helping with scheduling impairment reviews etc.I feel that without their help this would have been a very overwhelming process.I plan on still using them if any other illnesses occur due to my employment with Honeywell.
Mike DauzatMike Dauzat
15:54 02 Mar 24
I highly recommend Stevens and Stevens. Hugh Stevens and his staff are very professional and very friendly. They're extremely good at making sure you get the full amount of money you deserve. If you need a DOL lawyer, I highly recommend this team. I can't be more happy that I picked Stevens and Stevens.
Mary YbarraMary Ybarra
01:33 27 Feb 24
Stephen’s and Stephen’s has kept fight for my dad. Now they are fight for my mom. They are on top of things and I would recommend them to anyone who needs help and guidance with the Uranium mines.
Dianne HarperDianne Harper
01:02 17 Feb 24
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17:38 07 Feb 24
I tried to get others to help me with this claim, and it wasn"t until I hired Mr. Stephens that things started happening. I would recommend any one to get in touch with him . I would go to him again, if i ever needed to.
Judy LeonardJudy Leonard
22:26 06 Feb 24
I very much appreciate the successful litigation concerning my husband's Hanford work related illness. Stephens & Stephens LLP were thorough, caring, considerate, and fair during this difficult time.
Kenneth GKenneth G
18:23 03 Feb 24
Mr. Stephens was able to simplify an otherwise complicated lengthy process (DEEOIC) to file an initial claim as well as a claim for impairment benefits.
18:08 03 Feb 24
Frankie KnucFrankie Knuc
19:24 08 Jan 24
I had other attorneys hired in Cortez, Colorado and Grand Jct., Colorado to assist me with receiving my uranium claim, but they were not successful. I was advised by an employee of CNS of Stephens & Stephens, LLP good work. I contacted them & they took my case It was settled very quickly. I have been very pleased with this group & would advise others of their prompt service. I would recommend them to others. Respectfully, Frankie Knuckles
Rebecca ConsolRebecca Consol
19:57 22 Dec 23
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Thomas CliffordThomas Clifford
15:29 21 Dec 23
I have been represented by Hugh Stevens for several years now, He and his staff has made everything so easy for me. I had lung cancer from working in the uranium processing industry, they have opened so many doors for me and made dealing with DOL so much easier. They always answer my questions in a very timely manner. I have referred several other people to him and he has been able to get them through this process also. There are benefits that I was not aware of that he has brought to my attention and been able to lead me through the process of obtaining them. I would most highly recommend him to lead anyone through this process.
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02:35 14 Dec 23
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Ruthy LyonRuthy Lyon
21:00 28 Sep 23
Our initial conversation with Mr. Stephens was productive & reassuring. His previous experience with similar cases was obvious and very helpful, in both asking us specific questions for clarification & also addressing our own questions. Breanna is also a great asset to their team.
James O'DayJames O'Day
15:07 13 Sep 23
I have referred several friends to Hugh Stephens and they were more satisfied than they ever expected. I would refer him with confidence to anyone in need. I trust when he speaks for me, for example, in court. He is a good communicator and a deep thinker. He is well respected in his profession. He handles environmental law, injury law, and medical malpractice. He is tactful and direct and knows what he is doing. He knows the legal briar patches well.

EEOICPA Covered Facilities: Hallam Sodium Graphite Reactor

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. Hallam Sodium Graphite Reactor 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 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.

Hallam Sodium Graphite Reactor

Also Known As: Hallam Nuclear Power Facility, HNFP, Nebraska Hallam Nuclear Power Facility
State: Nebraska
Location: Hallam
Time Period: 1960-1971
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) built and operated the Hallam Nuclear Power Facility in the 1960s. When the AEC retired this facility in 1971, the reactor core and most other radioactive materials were removed from the site; some radioactive materials were entombed in place. The Hallam facility, now owned by the Nebraska Public Power District, has no current mission.

Hallam Sodium Graphite Reactor is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

As of 04/05/2015, 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 Hallam Sodium Graphite Reactor is $1,034,953.

Hallam Sodium Graphite Reactor Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other 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 already filed a claim, and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.

We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.


*Site Description and History
The Hallam decommissioned reactor site is in southeastern Nebraska, approximately 19 miles south of Lincoln. The 18-acre site is located on the 640-acre Sheldon Power Station, a coal-fired power plant owned and operated by the Nebraska Public Power District. The original nuclear power facility was a 240-megawatt (thermal), sodium-cooled, graphite-moderated, nuclear reactor. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), a predecessor agency of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated the reactor from 1962 to 1964 as part of AEC’s Power Demonstration Program. Objectives for the reactor were fulfilled by 1966, and the Nebraska Public Power District decommissioned and dismantled the facility between 1967 and 1969.

Facility Decommissioning
The reactor facility operated in a massive, reinforced concrete building. Except for the concrete structure that housed the intermediate heat exchanger, the aboveground portion of the facility was demolished during decommissioning, and all aboveground components of the reactor were removed and decontaminated or disposed of. All bulk sodium and most of the belowground radioactive materials were removed from the site, while some radioactive materials were entombed in place. Steam was used to deactivate residual sodium to prevent hydrogen from forming if water were to enter the structure.

Contaminants remaining at the site are contained in three areas of the belowground portion of the reactor building: Area 1 (reactor vessel and vessel containment structures), Area 2 (Fuel Storage Pit 3 thimbles), and Area 3 (moderator element storage cells). Each of these areas is steel lined and surrounded by several feet of concrete and other structural materials, which provided shielding when the facility was operating. Activation products–materials that were formerly stable but became radioactive after being bombarded with high levels of radioactivity in the reactor core–make up the contamination remaining in these areas. Primary contaminants are cesium-137, cobalt-60, iron-55, manganese-54, nickel-63, samarium-151, strontium-90, and tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen).

Approximately 300,000 curies of radioactive material was entombed at the time of closure. It was calculated that the material would decay to about 15,000 curies by the year 2000. Decay and dose calculations indicate that the decommissioned reactor can be released for unrestricted use around the year 2070.

Access points to the below-grade portion of the facility and the Intermediate Heat Exchanger Building were sealed off using welded steel closures and reinforced expanding concrete. The Intermediate Heat Exchanger Building was coated with a layer of polyvinyl sheeting on all exterior surfaces, then further protected by a concrete cover. The concrete ceiling of the belowground portion of the reactor building was weatherproofed with a sand, polyvinyl membrane, and soil cover. The cover forms a roughly rectangular, 1.4-acre, flat-topped, grass-covered mound with sides sloped to promote runoff.

Documents describing the layout and dimensions of the former reactor building, location of the buried reactor vessel, and detailed engineering information are sealed in stainless steel boxes that are secured in two locations at the site.

Groundwater Monitoring
The regional water table depth at the reactor site is about 150 feet below ground surface, although there are zones of perched groundwater at depths as shallow as 3 feet below ground surface.

In the early 1990s, the Nebraska Department of Health expressed concerns that shallow groundwater at the site could potentially come in contact with radioactive materials buried along the subsurface walls of the former reactor building. DOE conducted soil and groundwater investigations to characterize subsurface conditions at the site. Soil and groundwater samples were scanned for gamma activity and analyzed for gross alpha, gross beta, nickel-63, and tritium. Between 1997 and June 2007, DOE collected groundwater samples annually from 17 monitoring wells. Since 2008, sampling has been conducted once every 2 years. No radioactivity has been detected above background levels in any samples collected to date, and there is no evidence that the reactor facility has had any effect on site soil or groundwater.