Also Known As: Magnus Metals, Moanes Brass
Time Period: AWE 1954-1957; Residual Radiation 1958
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: The site machined various forms of uranium metal under subcontract to the National Lead Company (Fernald). The work was performed at two locations: Reading Road (from December 1954 through November 1955) and West 7th Street (from December 1955 through December 1957). Total production machining was approximately two or three hundred billets.
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.
Documentation demonstrates that the machining work first performed at the 533 Reading Road facility resulted in equipment and surrounding area which were “heavily contaminated”. Operations were then moved to the West 7th Street location. Prior to this move a decontamination effort was reportedly performed but no radiological survey data is available documenting post-decontamination radioactivity levels. The Reading Road facility was reportedly occupied by a new owner and has since been demolished (date unknown). Documentation reviewed describes multiple trips that were taken from the Fernald Site to Magnus Brass for the purpose of monitoring and decontaminating the equipment used. Decontamination was declared complete in a March 19, 1958 memo to J.A. Quigley from J. F. Wing.
Magnus Brass Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.
Magnus Brass Co. 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, even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
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