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Project Rulison Nuclear Explosion Site

State: Colorado
Location: Grand Valley
Time Period: 1969-1971; 1972-1978 (remediation)
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: The Project Rulison site was the location of one of the nuclear test explosions conducted as part of the AEC’s Plowshare program, which was initiated in 1957 to develop peaceful (industrial and scientific) applications for nuclear explosives. Drilling began in May 1968. On September 10, 1969, a forty kiloton yield nuclear device was detonated deep underground in a sandstone formation. The test was designed to increase natural gas production from low-permeability sandstone. Drillback operations began in April 1970 and the rubble chimney was reached on July 28, 1970. Preparation for production flaring continued through August 1970 and included several short flaring tests during August. The production flaring operation began on October 4, 1970. It included for different flaring periods and ended on April 23, 1971. The Rulison site was placed on standby status in May 1971 until June 1972 when cleanup operations were initiated. The site was returned to its owner in March 1978.

Project Rulison Nuclear Explosion Site is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

As of 05/10/2015, 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 the Project Rulison Nuclear Explosion Site is $822,209.

Project Rulison Nuclear Explosion Site 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 $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 14214.

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