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Also Known As: Chapman Valve Manufacturing Co., Crane Co.
State: Massachusetts
Location: Indian Orchard
Time Period: AWE 1948-1949; Residual Radiation 1950-1994; DOE 1995 (remediation)
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer, Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: Chapman Valve supplied valves to the MED and the AEC. In 1948, Chapman Valve machined uranium rods into slugs for the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Uranium slugs were used as reactor fuel. Chapman may also have conducted rolling operations on uranium metal in 1949. During the 1948 and 1949 time period, the Chapman Valve building located on Dean Street in Indian Orchard was part of the Chapman facility and not a distinct and separate location. Bechtel National, Inc., with Interstate Nuclear Services and Thermo Nutech as subcontractors, performed remediation in 1995 as part of the Formerly Utilized Site Remediation Action Program (FUSRAP)
 
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:
Chapman Valve 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 Chapman Valve is $7,072,198.
 
Chapman Valve 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 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.
 
*Site Description and History:
The Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Site (formerly the Chapman Valve site) is located at 203 Hampshire Street in Indian Orchard, which is a suburb of Springfield, Massachusetts.
 
In 1948, Chapman Valve Manufacturing Company used one-third of Building 23, an area that measured approximately 60 feet by 200 feet and was separated from the remainder of the building by a fl oor-to-ceiling partition, to machine uranium rods for the Manhattan Engineer District. Uranium operations ended in November of that year, resulting in more than 27,000 pounds of metal scraps, oxides, and refuse on site. This material was removed several months after the contract was completed, and the building was decontaminated to standards in effect at that time.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conducted a radiological survey at the site in 1991. Survey results identified residual uranium contamination that exceeded DOE criteria on surfaces and in the west end of the building. As a result, DOE designated the site for remediation under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). DOE conducted site characterization in late 1994 and early 1995.
 
Remedial action of the Indian Orchard site began in July 1995 and consisted of brushing, scrubbing, and vacuuming to remove contaminated material. Remedial action was completed in August of that year, and a total of 20 cubic yards of low-level radioactive waste was shipped to a licensed disposal facility in Utah.
 
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DOCUMENTS:
NIOSH Petition Evaluation Report
Petition 43 (1948-1949 and 1991-1993)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00043, Rev # 1
Report Submittal Date February 5, 2008

 
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00043, Rev # 0
Report Submittal Date 8-08-06

 
Technical Basis Documents
Chapman Valve Manufacturing Company, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Rev# 02
Effective Date: 09/12/2008

 
Chapman Valve Manufacturing Company, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Rev# 01
Effective Date: 10/16/2006

 
Basis for the Development of an Exposure Matrix for Chapman Valve Manufacturing, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Period of Operation: January 4, 1948 through April 30, 1949
Effective Date: 02/22/2005