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Also Known As: Conviber, Premier Manufacturing, C.H. Schnoor
State: Pennsylvania
Location: Springdale
Time Period: AWE 1943-1951; Residual Radiation 1952-1993; DOE 1994 (remediation)
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer, Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: In 1943, C.H. Schnorr & Company began providing metal fabrication services in support of Manhattan Engineer District (MED) operations. C.H. Schnorr machined extruded uranium for the Hanford Pile Project. Operations may have continued until 1951 when the building was sold.
 
Although this site was designated for the Formerly Utilized Site Remediation Action Program (FUSRAP) in 1992, the only year in which remediation work was performed was 1994.
 
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:
C.H. Schnorr is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
 
C.H. Schnorr 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 $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.
 
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.
 
*Site Description and History :
The Springdale, Pennsylvania, Site (formerly the C.H. Schnorr site) is located at 644 Garfield Street in Springdale, Pennsylvania, just northeast of Pittsburgh. Records indicate that in 1943 the address for that location was 643 Railroad Street.
 
During the mid-1940s, C.H. Schnorr & Company, under contract with the Manhattan Engineer District, machined uranium metal rods for the Hanford Reactor in the state of Washington. At that time, the site consisted of a concrete block building and a loading dock, where uranium spills may have occurred.
 
A 1980 radiological survey identified elevated radiation levels over a small area inside the building where uranium was machined. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) performed follow-up surveys in 1989 and 1990 that confirmed the presence of uranium contamination underneath the building floor at elevated concentrations. The site was designated for remedial action in 1992 as part of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). DOE returned to the site twice in 1993 and identified contamination under the concrete floor in the northern half of the building and on concrete that had been placed next to a newly constructed loading dock. At the end of 1993, DOE used borehole sampling to identify contamination in the soil beneath the concrete slab, but no contamination was detected outside the building. Remedial action at the Springdale site was conducted from August to October 1994, with decontamination of the building, removal of concrete, and excavation and removal of soil and debris. A volume of 97 cubic yards of concrete was removed, of which 56 cubic yards was transported to a licensed disposal facility in Clive, Utah. The remaining 41 cubic yards of material, with agreement from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, was crushed, sampled (and determined to be well below cleanup guidelines), and used onsite as fill material. In addition, a track excavator, bobcats, and picks and shovels were used to excavate a total of 626 cubic yards of soil and debris from beneath the building floor. This material was also shipped to the Utah facility for disposal. Finally, approximately 915 square feet of surface area in the loading dock room and on the base of two concrete block columns were decontaminated using grinders and a needle gun.
 
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