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Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp

Also Known As: Conser Dept. of Phillips Brothers Div., Englehard Minerals and Chemical Corp, Socony Mobile Oil Co., Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp
State: Florida
Location: Nichols
Time Period: AWE 1952-1957; Residual Radiation 1958-1977
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer

Facility Description: The Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation produced uranium as a byproduct of the recovery of phosphate chemicals and fertilizers. The AEC contracted with the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp. for the recovery of the uranium, which was ultimately used in weapons production.

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.

During the early 1950’s, the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation constructed a phosphate fertilizer plant at a site in Nichols, Florida. In conjunction with this construction, and as part of AEC Contract No. AT(49-l)-623, the Company agreed to construct, at their own expense, a pilot plant to recover uranium oxide from phosphoric acid produced by the fertilizer plant. AEC agreed to offset process development costs for the Virginia-Carolina system by guarantying to purchase the by-product uranium for a given period at a price partly dependent on process operating costs. The contract was effective May 23, 1952, through April 30, 1957.

The pilot plant was disassembled after contract termination (about 1960). The fertilizer plant ownership changed three times since 1951 and between 1969 to 1973 was completely shutdown. The present owner is the Conserv Department of Philipp Brothers Division, Englehard Minerals and Chemicals Corporation. As a result of the many ownership changes, the present location of equipment from the operation could not be determined.

Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.

As of 06/14/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp is $0.

Virginia-Carolina Chemical 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, whether 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.