Time Period: 1950-1954
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: In the early and mid 1950s, the Jessop Steel Company was under contract to the AEC for metal fabrication with some work through DuPont. In the early 1950s, records indicate that uranium metal in nickel scrap was sent to Jessop to make stainless steel piping for Fernald. In 1954, tentative plans were made for Jessop to roll uranium for Fernald billet production.
*Site Function :
In the early and mid 195Os, the Jessop Steel Company was under contract for metal fabrication to the AEC, with some work through DuPont. In the early 195Os, the Jessop Steel Company probably received shipments of uranium metal in nickel scrap, to make stainless steel piping for Fernald (Carney, 1952). In 1954, Jessop shipped some radioactively contaminated pickling liquor to Mallinckrodt Chemical Works (Morgan, 1954). Also in 1954, Jessop sheared uranium plates for DuPont under purchase order AX-3104 for eventual use at Savannah River Laboratory (Fisher, 1954). In 1954, tentative plans were made for Jessop Steel to roll uranium for Fernald billet production (Warner, 1954).
Site Description :
The Jessop plant at 500 Green Street is a complex of buildings covering approximately 18 acres in Washington, Pennsylvania (Cottrell, et al, 1991). The work for AEC was conducted in only four areas of the southern half of,this complex. The buildings are predominantly one-story structures with steel framing and sheet metal siding on either concrete, The equipment areas are still in existence. firebrick,
or metal floors. Old furnaces and straighteners which might have been contaminated from the uranium processing were removed on completion of the project. The old pickling building was demolished in the early 1960s. Some of the large timbers were salvaged and subsequently used in the private sector.
The remainder of the .building was reduced to rubble and burned. The concrete and ash remains were buried floor was also torn up. The rubble, concrete, Currently, these scraps lie under approximately :I0 to 15 feet of on site. fill in ~the burial area between the water recirculating reservoir, the bar mill shipping crane, and Chartier Creek.
In the early 196Os, approximately 445 linear feet of timbers salvaged from the old pickling building were used to build a patio at 201 Winona Avenue, Washington, Pennsylvania — a private residence.
Jessop Steel Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer under the EEOICPA.
As of 04/12/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Jessop Steel Co. is $2,752,232.
Jessop Steel Co. 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 $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.
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Technical Basis Documents
Site Profiles for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium Metals
Effective Date: 06/17/2011
Site Profiles for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked
Uranium Metals, Appendix BL – Jessop Steel Company
Effective Date: 10/19/2015