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Wolff-Alport Chemical Corp

State: New York
Location: Brooklyn
Time Period: AWE 1949-1950; Residual Radiation 1951-March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer

Facility Description: Wolff-Alport Chemical Corporation was under contract with the AEC (#AT-30-1-Gen-287) for the procurement of thorium containing sludge for stockpiling by the AEC. A March 1949 document mentions, “current contract expires June 30, 1949 and will probably be extended for another year. Cost is approximately $50,000 annually.” This same document shows that almost 30,000 pounds of thorium oxalate sludge was provided the AEC that year.

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:
Wolff-Alport Chemical Corp. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.

Compensation:
As of 06/21/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Wolff-Alport Chemical Corp is $0.

Wolff-Alport 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.

*Site Function:
The Wolff-Alport Chemical Corporation supplied thorium compounds to the AEC in the late 1940’s to very early 1950’s. A 1949 listing of manufacturing companies in New York State, held in the Buffalo Municipal Library reference collection, shows an address of 1127 Irving Avenue,Brooklyn, New York for Wolff-Alport. The company is not listed in the1953 edition.

Wolff-Alport processed monazite sands in order to recover rare earths for commercial markets. The company had disposed of the thorium content of the monazite by running the liquors to a sewer. This practice was ordered to a halt in the Fall of 1947 by the AEC. Thereafter, the thorium was precipitated as an oxalate sludge and sold to the AEC, which subsequently stored the materials at Middlesex.

Site Description:
The 1127 Irving Avenue property is located in a mixed light industrial-residential area, on the end block of Irving Avenue. Although it is referred to as Brooklyn, this last block of Irving Avenue is actually in the Borough and County of Queens. In addition,street signage indicates that this one block of Irving Avenue east of Cooper Street is now called Cooper Avenue. Local usage still favorsIrving Avenue. The legal description of 1127 Irving Avenue is Block3725, Lot 44 in Queens.
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