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National Research Corp.

Also Known As: NRC
State: Massachusetts
Location: Cambridge
Time Period: AWE 1944-1952; Residual Radiation 1953-1987
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer

Facility Description: National Research had Manhattan Engineer District experience in working with vacuum centrifugal castings, in developing jets and baffles for diffusion pumps, and in developing cold trap systems. National Research’s work with vacuum centrifugal castings (contract W- 7405-eng-293) involved casting tubealloy (uranium metal) using the “lost wax” technique. In 1948, National Research did work for Mallinckrodt involving the vacuum melting of approximately 500 pounds of uranium.

A December 1946 letter indicates that National Research Corp. requested a “leak detector for use in connection with some special development work on beryllium.” It is not clear whether this work was ever actually done.

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 reviewed indicates a potential for significant residual contamination outside of the period in which weapons-related production occurred. The location and/or facility and associated equipment used for these activities is described as a “shack” adjacent to the 70 Memorial Drive laboratory. Records indicate that the shack was demolished and replaced with an apartment building sometime prior to 1987.

National Research Corp. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.

As of 04/26/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at National Research Corp. is $0.

National Research Corp. 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.

We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.