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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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Diane pontonDiane ponton
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
My family used Stephen’s and Stephen’s for a settlement case. We were extremely pleased with all they did. They were very professional, easy to get a hold of, and invaluable when it came to answering questions and handling complicated Department of Labor issues and forms. They also did everything in a very timely manner. I have already recommended them to other people.
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: Ithaca Gun Co.

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. Ithaca Gun Co. 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 facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $150K 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.

Ithaca Gun Co.

Also Known As: Ithaca Gun Club
State: New York
Location: Ithaca
Time Period: 1961-1962
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer

Facility Description: During 1961-1962, Ithaca Gun conducted tests involving the forging of hollow uranium billets into tubes for the metallurgical group at National Lead Company of Ohio (Fernald).

Ithaca Gun Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer under the EEOICPA.

As of 04/12/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Ithaca Gun Co. is $150,450.

Ithaca Gun Co. 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 $150K 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.

In 1961 and 1962, the Ithaca Gun Company (IGC) was subcontracted by National Lead of Ohio (NLO) to conduct tests involving the forging of hollow uranium billets into tubes for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), predecessor agency of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). A series of tests were performed in 1961 to determine the abilities of the Gun Forging Machine’s vertical forging unit, used by IGC in the manufacturing of shotgun barrels, to forge hollow uranium billets into tubes for possible use as fuel cores. Additional tests to investigate alternative methods of producing fuel cores were conducted at IGC in 1962. The forging process involved heating the uranium billet to extreme temperatures, followed by mechanical hammering and rapid cooling in quench drums. The process created residual contamination in the form of metal tilings and dust. Because of the potential for contamination of equipment and surrounding surfaces, all testing was conducted in an enclosed, secluded building of the plant.

According to information obtained from NLO justification and trip reports, approximately 164 uranium feed stock tubes were used during the period of testing (Workhum 1961; Jansen and Nuckels 1962). NLO controlled most aspects of the work including handling, transporting, and accountability of the uranium and process waste, health and safety, and post-test decontamination efforts. IGC supplied all of the equipment, equipment operators, and special tooling required for the forging process. The site records indicate that NLO exercised considerable effort to minimize contamination during the testing process. Records also indicate that monitoring of equipment, exhaust from dust collectors, and outdoor paved areas was performed routinely and decontamination performed immediately if uranium contamination was detected.

Upon completion of the project in 1962, all uranium shapes, uranium-bearing dust, and contaminated liquid and sludge were returned to NLO. The entire area, including the exterior pavement and grounds adjacent to the testing area, were monitored and only background levels remained after cleanup. However, records do not specify cleanup criteria or guidelines. Due to this uncertainty, further radiological evaluation was needed to determine whether residual uranium contamination was present in excess of DOE guidelines.

DOE reviewed available historical documentation describing the previous AEC activities conducted at the Ithaca Gun Company site and based on the results, requested that the Environmental Survey and Site Assessment Program (ESSAP) of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) perform a radiological survey of the area used for the uranium forging tests. The purpose of the survey was to determine if residual uranium contamination was present on the property for which DOE has authority to require remedial action under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). FUSRAP was created in 1974 to identify, investigate, and cleanup or control sites where contamination above today’s guidelines remains from the early years of the Nation’s atomic energy program.

The former Ithaca Gun Company facility is located at 123 Lake Street in Ithaca, New York, approximately 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) east of state highway 13 (Figure 1). The facility had ceased operations in the late 1980’s and is currently unoccupied. A cyclone fence encloses the site. The present owner of the property is State Street Associates L.P.

The building that formerly housed the forging machine used for the uranium tests is located at the north end of the site (Figure 2). The building is constructed with concrete block walls, a sloped wooden roof, and a concrete slab floor. The building dimensions are approximately 18 meters by 11 meters (Figure 3). Exterior areas of the building include concrete drives bordering the north, east, and west, and another building is attached on the southern end of the Gun Forging Machine Building. Drainage from this area of the site flows north and northwest to where the land drops off sharply to a ravine that contains a creek at the base.