Time Period: 1946-present
Facility Type: Department of Energy
Facility Description: Argonne is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research centers. It is also the nation’s first national laboratory, chartered in 1946. The Laboratory specializes in reactor engineering, reactor physics, chemistry and metallurgy. Early reactor research focused on the production of plutonium from uranium. Argonne is a direct descendant of the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory, part of the World War II Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb before the Nazis did. It was at the Met Lab where, on December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and his band of about 50 colleagues created the world’s first controlled nuclear chain reaction in a squash court at the University of Chicago.
The premises covered under this listing include all those which are part of the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) campus in Argonne, Illinois and those in which operations associated with the former Met Lab were performed under contract to the Atomic Energey Commission (AEC) once Met Lab operations were administratively incorporated into ANL.
Throughout the course of its operations, the potential for beryllium exposure existed at this site, due to beryllium use, residual contamination, and decontamination activities.
CONTRACTOR: University of Chicago (1946-Present)
Argonne National Laboratory–East is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 03/08/2015, 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 Argonne National Laboratory–East is $45,450,580.
Argonne National Laboratory–East 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 filed a claim and even if it has already been accepted or denied.
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Technical Basis Documents (TBDs)
Argonne National Laboratory – East – Introduction
Argonne National Laboratory _ East – Site Description
Argonne National Laboratories – East – Occupational Medical Dose
Argonne National Laboratory – East – Occupational Environmental Dose
Argonne National Laboratory – East- Occupational Internal Dose
Argonne National Laboratory – East – External Dosimetry
Review of the NIOSH Site Profile for the Argonne National Laboratory – East