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Vitro Corporation of America (Tennessee)

Also Known As: Chattanooga site now owned by W.R. Grace, Vitro Chemical is subsidiary of Vitro Corp., Heavy Minerals Co.
State: Tennessee
Location: Chattanooga
Time Period: BE 1959-1965; AWE 1957- 1968; Residual Radiation 1969-March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer Beryllium Vendor

Facility Description: Records indicate that “Vitro Corporation” of Chattanooga, TN performed some beryllium work for Y-12 during the period 1959-1965. A 1962 document also mentions that the AEC met with members of the beryllium industry, including representatives from “Vitro Chemical” (no address), but does not mention whether any contracts were involved in these discussions.

The original owner of this site was Heavy Metals Inc. and possessed an AEC license to process uranium and thorium products beginning as early as 1957. Documentation indicates that the company provided price quotes to the AEC for thorium products as early as 1954, but there is no indication that it received a contract for that work. Vitro Chemical of Chattanooga, TN, a subsidiary of Vitro Corporation, took over the site at the end of 1959 and was under contract to the AEC to produce thorium metal, thorium fluoride and thorium oxide. The current owner, W.R. Grace, purchased the site in 1965 and continued operations until 1983, but records do not reveal any weapons- based link after 1968. The State of Tennessee took over licensing of this site in 1968.

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.

Listing:
Vitro Corporation of America (Tennessee) is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Beryllium Vendor (BE) site under the EEOICPA.

Compensation:
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 the Vitro Corporation of America (Tennessee) is $751,125.

Vitro Corporation of America (Tennessee) 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.