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Colonie Interim Storage Site (National Lead Co.)

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Also Known As: Colonie Interim Storage Site (CISS), National Lead Co., Albany, NY , National Lead Co. – Nuclear Division, NL Industries – Nuclear Division
State: New York
Location: Colonie (Albany)
Time Period: AWE 1958-1968; Residual Radiation 1969-1983, 1999 – March 1, 2011 ; DOE 1984-1998 (remediation)
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer, Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: From 1958-1968, National Lead Industries owned and operated the Colonie site and during this time it produced uranium products under contract to the AEC. This contract was terminated in 1968. Thereafter, National Lead fabricated various products from depleted uranium. The largest customer for these products was the U.S. Department of Defense with its contract for armor penetrator cores. While the AEC was still a customer during these years, the uranium work was for reactors and not weapons based. Therefore, because this work did not constitute “producing or processing material used in a nuclear weapon”, it is not eligible for coverage under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
 
In 1984 ownership of the property transferred to the Department of Energy and from 1984 to late 1997 Bechtel National Inc. served as DOE’s contractor at the site. In 1998 the Corps of Engineers took the program over as part of the transfer from DOE to the Corps 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:
Colonie Interim Storage Site (National Lead Co.) is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
 
Colonie Interim Storage Site (National Lead Co.) Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other AWE or DOE 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, 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 Colonie, New York, Site (formerly the National Lead Industries Site) is located near Albany, New York, at 1130 Central Avenue in the town of Colonie, Albany County. The site comprises 11.2 acres plus 56 vicinity properties. National Lead Industries owned and operated the facility from 1937 to 1984 and used it for electroplating and manufacturing various components from uranium and thorium. Radioactive materials were released from the plant exhaust stacks and spread to site buildings, to portions of the grounds, and to 56 commercial and residential vicinity properties. In addition, the company dumped contaminated casting sand and debris into the former Patroon Lake area on the site. In 1984, the New York State Supreme Court shut down the National Lead Industries plant. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) acquired the site and managed it from 1984 to 1997 as a decontamination research and development project under the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 1984. During that time, 53 vicinity properties were remediated and all National Lead buildings were demolished. In 1997, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) assumed responsibility for the remaining cleanup activities at the site by executing DOE’s Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).
 
Two types of contaminated media were present at the Colonie site: source media (soil, processing waste, and bulk waste) and remnants of structures. The principal contaminants at the site were uranium, thorium, lead, copper, and tetrachloroethene. Under a 2001 Action Memorandum, USACE implemented Alternative 2B—Large-Scale Excavation and Disposal—wherein soils with radionuclide and metals concentrations that exceeded removal action goals were removed and disposed of off site. In 2006, soil excavation of the main site was completed, the soils were staged for shipment and disposal, clean soils were placed over remediated areas, and 192,080 tons of backfill material were placed onsite. Also, cleanup of the 6.5-acre CXS Rail vicinity property was completed in 2007. Contamination directly beneath the rail line and utility rail spur will be left in place. In 2010 USACE finalized a groundwater record of decision and is working on completing remediation of vicinity properties.
 
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