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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
Robert and I are very pleased with Mr. Hugh Stephens and all that he has done for us. From the first moment we spoke, we sensed that though Mr. Stephens exhibits sharp business acumen, he cares deeply about his clients and he has a huge heart.
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.
Lonnie killingHawkLonnie killingHawk
02:35 14 Dec 23
When I first contacted Stephens & Stephens I was at the end of my rope with DOL. Hough and his staff got me on track and handled everything with DOL and just made this process so easy. Do not know where I'd be with out them. They are able to communicate at a layman's level and understand the client. Would strongly recommend this firm.
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: Ore Buying Station at Riverton

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. Ore Buying Station at Riverton 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.

Ore Buying Station at Riverton

State: Wyoming
Location: Riverton
Time Period: 1955-1957
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: The ore buying station at Riverton purchased uranium ore for the AEC. The American Smelting and Refining Company (ASRC) managed and operated the Riverton station from March 1955 to January 1956. Lucius Pitkin replaced ASRC as the M&O contractor in February 1956. The AEC leased the land on which the ore buying station was located from a railroad.

Contractors: American Smelting and Refining Company (1955-1956); and Lucius Pitkin, Inc. (1956-1957)

*The history of domestic uranium procurement under U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) contracts identifies a number of ore buying stations (sampling and storage sites) that were operated during the period late-1949 through the mid-1960s. During this period the AEC established ore-buying stations in new uranium producing areas where it appeared that ore production would be sufficient to support a uranium milling operation. The ideal scenario was to accumulate a sufficient stockpile of ore and construct a mill on the site. Under this scenario the AEC would then withdraw and sell the stockpile of ore to the mill operator for processing. Clean up of the area occupied by the ore-buying station was accomplished along with the cleanup of the mill site. For ore-buying stations that were not included as a part of a mill, the property was cleared, tract leases were terminated and the property was returned to its owners. Cleanup of ore-buying stations on or in the vicinity of mill tailings sites subject to the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 was accomplished, as necessary, under the DOE Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Program.

Ore Buying Station at Riverton is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Ore Buying Station at Riverton 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 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 14214.

Mining History
Four prospectors George Guay and Leo Eres of Billings, Mont., and Corwin Rule and Ben Helgeland of Pryor, Mont. discovered deposits of uranium minerals near the crest of Big Pryor Mountain on Labor Day, 1955 (Hauptman, 1956, p. 14). Their discovery remained secret during the early winter of that year while they staked claims on much of the mountain crest and initiated minor exploration work (Jarrard, 1957, p. 35). These original prospectors incorporated their properties into the Pryor Mining Co., which included the Old Glory claim (fig. 1) (Hauptman, 1956) within the National Forest. In the winter of early 1956, news of the discoveries was announced and a rush of claim staking ensued. Other corporations claimed the remainder of Big Pryor Mountain and parts of East Pryor Mountain (Jarrard, 1957). “By early 1956 some 450 location notices had been filed with the Carbon County recorder at Red Lodge” (Baber and others, 1958). More discoveries were made in the area and in 1958 approximately 500 uranium occurrences were known on Big Pryor Mountain (Hart, 1958).

During the first year of production, 1956, the Old Glory mine (fig. 5) of Pryor Mining Co. was the largest producer in the district (Hauptman, 1956). “Small tonnages of ore” were shipped from the Pryor Mountains deposits by three companies to the AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) ore-buying station in Riverton, Wyoming (Baber and others, 1958). High-grade (hand-picked) uranium ores were hauled by truck to Bridger, Montana, and transferred to railroad cars. Hand-picked ores from the Swamp Frog mine (figs. 1 and 6) were the typical ore extracted in 1956 from these deposits; they were described as follows: “The 5-gallon can of highgrade contains 31.8% uranium, 9.88% vanadium; they have 1500 pounds of this, worth $5,000 per ton” (Hauptman, 1956, p. 18). Uranium ores at the Old Glory and Swamp Frog mines, as well as later discoveries in the area, were mainly excavated from shallow underground adits and stopes that extended up to a couple hundred feet into the hillsides. Prospect pits and occasional open-pit excavations accounted for the remainder of the ore production. The larger open-pit mines, such as those still visible near the Swamp Frog mine, extended no more than 200 ft in length, 100 ft in width, and 20 ft in depth.

During 1957, “small tonnages of uranium ore were shipped from [seven] mines in the Pryor Mountains to AEC ore-buying stations at Riverton, Wyo., and Grand Junction, Colo.” (Baber and others, 1959). In 1958, companies actively mining the Pryor Mountains deposits were: Lisbon Uranium Corp., Midland Mining Co., Planet Exploration Co., Pryor Mining Co., and Balboa Mining and Development Co. (also referred to as Prytana Mining Co.) (Fulkerson and others, 1959; Stout and Ackerman, 1959). In 1958, seven properties produced a total of 690 tons of ore with an average grade of 0.34 percent uranium oxide and a total value of nearly $20,000 (in 1959 dollars) (Fulkerson and others, 1959). In 1959, mining operations were continued at six properties by only three companies Lisbon Uranium Corp. (leading producer), Midland Mining Co., and Planet Exploration Corp. (Crowley, 1960; Fulkerson and others, 1960). With a total output of 2,890 tons of ore containing 9,912 pounds of uranium oxide this was the record year for uranium ore production from the Pryor Mountains deposits (Fulkerson and others, 1960).

During the early 1960’s modest uranium ore production continued in the Pryor Mountains. Six properties were mined in 1960. The Hidden Splendor Mining Co., the largest producer, mined claims in the Dandy, Marie, and Perc groups (fig. 1) and the Bob claim (location unknown) (Fulkerson and others, 1961). Joseph (Joe) A. Highsmith also mined properties in the Dandy and Perc claim groups, while Pryor Mining Co. continued production from the Old Glory mine, and James J. Stoick worked the Swamp Frog mine. Total production from these properties in 1960 was 1,726 tons of ore, which was shipped to the AEC plant at Riverton, Wyo. (Fulkerson and others, 1961). The average grade of the ore (uranium oxide content) increased in 1960 compared to 1959, while total output and value declined (Fulkerson and others, 1961). During 1961 all uranium ore production from the district (at the time known as the Butte district) came from the mines of Joe Highsmith, including the Dandy, Perc (fig. 1) and Leo properties (location unknown) (Fulkerson and others, 1962). Uranium production totals declined $18,984 from 1960 to 1961; only 729 tons of ore containing slightly lower average ore grades were produced in 1961 (Fulkerson and others, 1962). In 1962 only the Swamp Frog property, worked by John Kummerfeld, produced uranium ore resulting in the lowest yearly production from the district (Fulkerson and others, 1963; Geach and Chelini, 1963). Ore output dropped significantly in 1963, with all production coming from the Old Glory mine operated by the Pryor Mining Co. (Knostman and Kauffman, 1964). The last year of reported uranium ore production from the Pryor Mountains was 1964 when production came from underground mines at the Dandy and Marie properties (fig. 1) worked by St. Clair, Inc. Hale and Knostman (1965) indicate that the uranium output of 1964 was above that of 1963, but was still below the nominal output of 1962 (no productivity values were reported for 1964).