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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: Puerto Rico Nuclear Center

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. Puerto Rico Nuclear Center 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.

Puerto Rico Nuclear Center

Also Known As: Center for Energy and Environment Research, CEER
State: Puerto Rico
Location: Mayaguez
Time Period: 1957-1976; 1987 (Remediation)
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: The Puerto Rico Nuclear Center (also known as the Center for Energy and Environment Research) was established in 1957 as a nuclear training and research institution. The facility included a one megawatt MTR research reactor, which became operational in 1960. During the next ten years, the AEC supported training and research activities at an annual level of approximately $2 million. The MTR was shut down in 1971 and replaced a two megawatt TRIGA research reactor. Except for brief periods of time, TRIGA was never operated at power levels in excess of 1.2 megawatts.

In 1976, the facility was renamed the Center for Energy and Environmental Research (CEER) and the mission was broadened to include research, development and training for both nuclear and non-nuclear energy technologies. The programs were transferred to the University of Puerto Rico at that time.

The TRIAGA reactor was shut down on September 30, 1976 and a program for decommissioning and removal of the reactor was initiated.

CONTRACTOR: University of Puerto Rico (1957-1976) , BNI(1987), Cleveland Wrecking Caribe, Inc. (1987).

Puerto Rico Nuclear Center is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

As of 03/15/2015, 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 the Puerto Rico Nuclear Center is $0.

Puerto Rico Nuclear Center 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.

*Site Description and History:
The Center for Energy and Environmental Research (CEER) was established in 1957 as the Puerto Rico Nuclear Center, with facilities in Mayagüez and Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), a predecessor agency of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), built both facilities. The Mayagüez site is on the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez campus. The facility occupies about 20 acres adjacent to the university’s College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Experiment Station, northeast of the Mayagüez city limits. The Rio Piedras site is located about 2 miles south of San Juan and consists of a biomedical facility. In 1976, the Puerto Rico Nuclear Center was renamed the Center for Energy and Environmental Research. Both facilities conducted work under contract to AEC.

CEER Rio Piedras Site :
AEC established the Bio-Medical Life Sciences Research and Training Center under the 1958 Atoms for Peace program. The University of Puerto Rico has used the facility since 1961 for research, education, and training programs in the medical applications of radio- isotopes. Substantial amounts of radioactive materials were used for nuclear medicine and radiation therapy, and CEER also conducted extensive radiochemical and terrestrial ecology studies at the El Verde Field Station in the Caribbean National Forest. When the Puerto Rico Nuclear Center was renamed CEER, activities at the Rio Piedras facility focused more on nonnuclear research. The federal Energy Research and Development Administration, a successor to AEC, agreed to transfer the facilities to the University of Puerto Rico and to release some areas of the facility for unrestricted use. The Health and Safety Division of CEER performed radiation surveys and decontamination activities before releasing the Bio-Medical Building, “the shop”, and the “animal house”. CEER published a report documenting the survey and decontamination results in 1981. DOE requested a review of the report to verify that radiological conditions of the facility were acceptable for unrestricted use.

Argonne National Laboratory’s Radiological Survey Group reviewed the report and, as a follow-up, conducted an independent radiological survey between June 15 and June 25, 1982. The Argonne survey detected small areas of elevated radioactivity in three locations. These were cleaned to background levels and are no longer detectable. A molybdenum-99 source was left in place when survey calculations determined that the source did not constitute a radiological exposure hazard.

After completing radiological surveys and facility decontamination, DOE transferred the land and buildings to the University of Puerto Rico in 1982 by means of a quitclaim deed. An underground diesel fuel storage tank was removed from the site in 1994, and no contamination remains on the site today. The CEER Rio Piedras facility has been released for unrestricted use.

CEER Mayagüez Site:
The Mayagüez site has multiple buildings that housed a marine studies program, a research reactor, a training reactor, and associated laboratories. The site became operational in 1960 with the start-up of a 1-megawatt materials testing reactor. The reactor was shut down in 1971, and the fuel elements were removed and shipped to DOE’s Savannah River, South Carolina, site. The facility was refitted with a 2-megawatt TRIGA (Training, Research, Isotope, General Atomics) research reactor, which operated until September 1976. An L-77 training reactor was periodically operated onsite until 1976. The reactors were operated as part of a University of Puerto Rico nuclear training and research institution, particularly addressing the needs of Latin American students studying nuclear medicine and technology. Reactor research activities concluded in 1976, and the two reactors were decommissioned. Activities at the facility shifted to nonnuclear energy research and technology development.

DOE removed the TRIGA reactor fuel and components from the Mayagüez site in 1977 and transferred them to Argonne National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In October 1981, the L-77 reactor fuel core was removed and shipped to DOE’s Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Reactor decommissioning, decontamination, and restoration of the facility were completed by 1997. Soils contaminated by PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), underground fuel oil storage tanks, gas cylinders, glass windows from hot cells (heavily shielded enclosures for remote handling of highly radioactive material), asbestos, and miscellaneous laboratory chemicals were also removed.

Multiple radiation and site characterization surveys were conducted at the Mayagüez site between 1977 and 1992, including an independent verification survey conducted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 1987. Following a final 1992 site investigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concurred that the CEER Mayagüez site was cleaned up to applicable standards and no further action was required.