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Battelle Laboratories – West Jefferson

Also Known As: Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI), Battelle Columbus Laboratories (BCL), West Jefferson Plutonium Facilities
State: Ohio
Location: Columbus
Time Period: AWE 1956-1975; Residual Radiation 1976-1985; DOE 1986- present (remediation)
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer, Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: From 1943 to 1986, Battelle Memorial Instituteperformed atomic energy research and development for the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies. The Battelle Laboratories have two separate locations in Columbus – King Avenue and West Jefferson. Battelle participated in research on fabrication of uranium and fuel elements, reactor development, submarine propulsion, fuel reprocessing, and the safe use of reactor vessels and piping.
 
At the West Jefferson location, Battelle operated a large hot cell facility and a research reactor. Reactor operations began in October 1956, and ended in December 1974. The reactor was defueled and partially dismantled in 1975 and Battelle’s license was changed to possession-only status.
 
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:
Battelle Laboratories – West Jefferson is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
 
Compensation:
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 Battelle Laboratories – West Jefferson is $4,583,678.
 
Battelle Laboratories – West Jefferson 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 it 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.
 
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Technical Basis Documents:
Site Profile for Battelle Memorial Institute, King Avenue and West Jefferson Sites, Columbus, Ohio