Time Period: AWE 1942-1946, BE 1943-1946
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer Beryllium Vendor
Facility Description: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)began experimental work on producing uranium metal in the spring of 1942 using a process involving melting and casting. It is this uranium metallurgical work which took place on the MIT campus by MIT employees that supports its designation as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE).
MIT is also designated as a beryllium vendor. MIT’s work with beryllium was known as the “Metallurgical Project” and started when it entered into a research and development contract with the Manhattan Engineer District (MED). The Metallurgical Project involved studying the characteristics of beryllium metal and attempting to make a satisfactory beryllium-uranium alloy. In addition, beryllium oxide crucibles were made for use by the MED.
After a number of its employees contracted beryllium disease, MIT consolidated the activities described above in an off-campus site known as the Hood Building, which is a separate covered facility under the EEOICPA. The transition to the Hood Building was complete by the fall of 1946.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site from 1942 -1946, and a Beryllium Employer (BE) site from 1943-1946 under the EEOICPA.
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
All employees of the DOE, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked in the Hood Building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from May 9, 1946 through December 31, 1963, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the SEC.
As of 09/27/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is $1,957,083.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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 or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
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