Time Period: BE 1946-1950; AWE 1943-1954; Residual Radiation 1955-1984
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer Beryllium Vendor
Facility Description: Revere Copper and Brass extruded uranium rods at its Detroit plant starting in 1943 under contracts XPG-773-1/2 and RPG-704-1/2 for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Additionally, in October 1964, Revere Copper and Brass produced one thorium bar, which was divided up and sent to a number of AEC facilities.
Revere also extruded beryllium ingots and billets into rods at its Detroit plant between 1946 and 1950. Revere had a contract with the AEC for beryllium work, but not with the MED. Revere also worked with beryllium alloys. Some of the beryllium work was done on parts or components for the Materials Testing reactor.
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.
Revere Copper and Brass is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) from 1943-54 and 1960-84, and as a Beryllium Employer (BE) from 1946-50 under the EEOICPA.
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
All Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at Revere Copper and Brass, Detroit, Michigan, from July 24, 1943 through December 31, 1954, 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 Special Exposure Cohort.
Petitions Qualified for Evaluation:
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Job Titles and/or Job Duties: Extruders and Shapes Specialists who worked in the Rod and Shape Mill
Period of Employment: January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1984
As of 08/10/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the Revere Copper and Brass is $1,200,450.
Revere Copper and Brass 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.
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.
Revere Copper and Brass supported the MED through a contract for extrusion of approximately 1220 tons of uranium in 1943 and 1944. This figure of 1220
tons is derived from records of purchase orders placed with Revere during the first contract. A separate contract with the AEC was active from
mid-1949 through mid-1954 for the purpose of extruding uranium and thorium for research activities. The amount of radioactive material handled in the
second contract is unknown.
The former Revere Copper and Brass site is located at 5851 W. Jefferson Street in Detroit, Michigan. According to historical documents, the plant consisted of four main buildings including the foundry building, the physical lab building, the “Extrusion Area” building and a smaller building which may have been used for offices. All of these structures have been demolished. Those portions of the site which were of particular interest in terms of potential radiological contamination were two extrusion presses and a furnace, all housed in the “Extrusion Area” building, as well as the highbay area of the Extrusion Area building, which would have been susceptible to accumulation of airborne radioactively contaminated dust.The extrusion presses and the furnace were all stolen from the site at the time of the plant closing around 1984 to 1985. The two presses mentioned (a1650 ton and a 2400 ton press) were not in use prior to April of 1949. Up until that time, a smaller (2000 ton) press was in use for MED work. This smaller press was sold in 1949, and no records of this sale are available. Also, the furnace stolen at the time of plant closing was not the original furnace used prior to 1948. The fate of the original furnace is unknown.
NIOSH SEC Petition Evaluation Reports
Petition 164 (Jan 1, 1943 to December 31, 1984)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00164, Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: July 19, 2010