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Stephens & Stephens has obtained over $60 million through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and the Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation Act for our clients

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.
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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.
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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.
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18:08 03 Feb 24
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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
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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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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.
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15:07 13 Sep 23
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EEOICPA Covered Facilities: Blockson Chemical Company

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. Blockson Chemical Company 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.

Blockson Chemical Company

Also Known As: Blockson Chemical Group, Olin Mathieson, Olin
State: Illinois
Location: Joliet
Time Period: 1951 – June 1960; Residual Radiation July 1960-March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer

Facility Description:
Blockson Chemical Company operated a plant which produced uranium from phosphoric acid. The AEC contracted with Blockson for the recovery of the uranium, which was ultimately used in weapons production. The AEC Uranium production work performed by Blockson was conducted in a one-story brick structure known as Building 55.

This listing is also intended to cover the AEC-funded laboratory, pilot plant and oxidation process, which also occurred at Blockson, and was related to the work in Building 55.

During the period of residual contamination, as designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as noted in the dates above, employees of subsequent owners and operators of this facility are also covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Listing:
Blockson Chemical Company is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.

Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
SEC classes for Blockson Chemical Company include:

All Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at the Blockson Chemical Company (also known as “Olin”) in Joliet, Illinois from March 1, 1951 to June 30, 1960, 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.

Job Titles and/or Job Duties in the SEC class include:

1. Utility Engineers, Laborers, Research Chemists, Relief Operators, Plant Operators, Maintenance and Pipefitters, Lead Mixers, Operators, and Supervisors HF Acid who worked in Building 55 at Blockson Chemical Company between October 10, 1952 and December 31, 1962.

2. All workers who worked in Building 55 at Blockson Chemical Company between January 1, 1951 and December 31, 1962

History:
The Blockson Chemical Company was started by a Joliet, Illinois industrialist, Louis Block, and became the largest manufacturer of sodium phosphates in the United States. In 1951, at the request of the Atomic Energy Commission, Blockson began research to determine the efficiency of isolating uranium as a byproduct of their phosphate process. The company constructed Building 55 to house the uranium recovery operation and by 1952 uranium recovery was underway. The Blockson Chemical Company was bought by Olin Corporation in 1955 and by 1991 all chemical production there had ceased. Building 55 was demolished in 1996.

Compensation:
As of 01/11/2023, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Blockson Chemical Co. is $23,259,223. Click here for a current accounting of compensation paid to former Blockson Chemical Co. Workers under the EEOICPA.

Blockson Chemical Company 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 $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 filed a claim and even if your claim has already 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.

DOCUMENTS:
NIOSH
SEC Petition Evaluation Reports

Petition 58 (Mar 1, 1951 to Jun 30, 1960)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00058 – Rev: 2
Report Submittal Date: July 2, 2007

Petition 225 (July 1, 1960 to December 31, 1991)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00225 – Rev: 0
Report Submittal Date: September 8, 2015

Technical Basis Documents
Technical Basis Document for Atomic Energy Operations at Blockson Chemical Company, Joliet, Illinois