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State: Texas
Location: Amarillo
Time Period: 1951-present
Facility Type: Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: In the 1950s, the Atomic Energy Commission began manufacturing high explosives for nuclear weapons at the Pantex Plant (Pantex). Today, Pantex continues to fabricate high explosives and assemble nuclear weapons. The principal operations at this site, however, are the dismantling of retired nuclear weapons and the maintenance of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Pantex, which is operated by DOE’s Office of Defense Programs, is the only facility in the United States that performs these operations.
 
Throughout the course of its operations, the potential for beryllium exposure existed at this site, due to beryllium use, residual contamination, and decontamination activities.
 
CONTRACTORS: BWXT Pantex (2001-present); Mason & Hanger-Silas Mason(1956-2000); Proctor & Gamble (1951-1956)
 
Listing:
Pantex Plant is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site from 1951-1991 under the EEOICPA.
 
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, during the period from January 1, 1958 through December 31, 1983, 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
  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, from January 1, 1984, through December 31, 1991, 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
    (Note: This class was established from Petition 68)
  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, during the period from January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1957, 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

 
Compensation:
As of 08/30/2015, 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 Pantex Plant is $167,029,767.
 
Attention Pantex Plant Workers (1958-91):
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, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
 
We assist with claims, dose reconstructions, objections, hearings, reopenings, consequential conditions, impairment ratings, wage loss, health care, home care and appeals to Federal Court. No Recovery-No Fee. 2% contingent fee for initial claims/10% for objections. 2495 Main St., Buffalo, NY.
 
Videos:
A interesting perspective of both the Pantex Plant and Amarillo, TX, “Plutonium Circus,” can be seen below:
 

 
DOCUMENTS:
 
GAO
1991 GAO Report to the Chairman, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives:
NUCLEAR HEALTH AND SAFETY: More Attention to Health and Safety Needed at Pantex
April 15, 1991

 
NIOSH SEC Petition Evaluation Reports
Petition 68 (Jan 1, 1950 to Dec 31, 1991)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00068, Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: August 5, 2008

 
Technical Basis Documents
Site Profile
Pantex Plant – Introduction
Effective Date: 12/16/2015, Rev. 03

 
Pantex Plant – Site Description
Effective Date: 12/08/2015, Revision 02

 
Pantex Plant – Occupational Medical Dose
Effective Date: 03/20/2014, Revision: 03

 
Pantex Plant – Occupational Environmental Dose
Effective Date: 01/03/2014, Revision: 02

 
Pantex Plant – Occupational Internal Dose
Effective Date: 06/01/2015, Rev. 04

 
Pantex Plant – Occupational External Dose
Effective Date: 11/29/2016, Rev. 03

 
Technical Information Bulletins
Pantex External Coworker Model
Effective Date: 11/04/2016, Rev. 01

 
SC&A
Pantex Plant Site Profile Review
Contract No. 200-2004-03805, Task Order No. 1, SCA-TR-TASK1-0019, Revision 1
 
Pantex Plant Site Profile Issues Matrix
Draft Preliminary SC&A Assessment Revision 3