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Also Known As: Vitro Rare Metals Co., Vitro Manufacturing (Canonsburg), Vitro Laboratories, Heavy Minerals Co.
State: Pennsylvania
Location: Canonsburg
Time Period: BE 1948; AWE 1942-1959; Residual Radiation 1960-1985; DOE (Remediation) 1983-1985; 1996
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer, Beryllium Vendor, Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: Starting in 1948, Vitro was under contract to recover uranium from scrap. In the period from 1954-1956, Vitro had a contract to process production quantities of radioactive material (UF4) for National Lead of Ohio (Fernald). Vitro continued to provide uranium to the Atomic Energy Commission under various contracts through 1959. Additionally, a 1948 document indicates that General Electric shipped scrap containing beryllium to the Canonsburg site.
 
Canonsburg was a major uranium milling facility and although the EEOICPA definition of an Atomic Weapons Employer excludes mining and milling, this site is covered because of its scrap processing activities performed under contract to the Atomic Energy Commission.
 
The Canonsburg site is one of 24 former uranium mill sites designated for Department of Energy remediation by the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA). DOE remediation contractors performed environmental remediation under UMTRCA at the Canonsburg site from 1983-1985 and in 1996. This work involved consolidating and encapsulating all contaminated materials from the Canonsburg site into on on-site engineered disposal cell.
 
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 Manufacturing is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site from 1942-1985, as a Beryllium Employer (BE) site in 1948, and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site from 1983-85 and 1996 under the EEOICPA.
 
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
All Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at Vitro Manufacturing in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, from August 13, 1942 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 in the SECAll Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at Vitro Manufacturing in Canonsburg, PA.
 
All Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at Vitro Manufacturing in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, from January 1, 1958 through December 31, 1959, 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 in the SEC
 
All Atomic Weapons Employees who worked at Vitro Manufacturing in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, from January 1, 1960 through September 30, 1965, 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 in the Special Exposure Cohort.
 
Petitions Qualified for Evaluation
Location: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All Atomic Weapons Employer employees
Period of Employment: August 13, 1942 through December 31, 1957
 
Location: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All employees who worked in any area
Period of Employment: January 1, 1958 through April 30, 1960
 
Compensation:
As of 08/30/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Vitro Manufacturing is $4,012,786.
 
Vitro Manufacturing Workers:
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 $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 Description and History:
 
The Canonsburg disposal site is a former uranium-ore processing site located in the Borough of Canonsburg, Washington County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Pittsburgh. The site lies between Chartiers Creek and the Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad tracks. The surrounding land is primarily residential and is moderately populated.
 
The former mill processed uranium and other ores at the site between 1911 and 1957 and provided uranium for the U.S. Government national defense programs. Standard Chemical operated the site as a radium extraction plant from 1911 to 1922. Later, Vitro Corporation of America acquired the property and processed ore to extract radium and uranium salts. From 1942 until 1957, Vitro was under contract to the federal government to recover uranium from ore and scrap. Processing operations at the site ceased in 1957. For the next 9 years, the site was used only for storage under a U.S. Atomic Energy Commission contract. In 1967, the property was purchased by the Canon Development Company and was leased to tenant companies for light industrial use.
 
Historical milling operations at the site generated radioactive mill tailings, a predominantly sandy material. Some of the tailings were shipped to Burrell Township 50 miles away to use as railroad fill. Surface remediation consisted of consolidating and encapsulating all contaminated material from the Canonsburg site and local contaminated vicinity properties into an onsite engineered disposal cell. The disposal cell occupies approximately 6 acres of the 37-acre tract of land.
 
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DOCUMENTS:
 
NIOSH:
Petition 134 (Aug 13, 1942 to Dec 31, 1957)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00134, Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: December 9, 2008

 
Petition 177 (Jan 1, 1958 to Apr 30, 1960)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00177, Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: February 4, 2011

 
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00177, Report Rev #: Addendum 1
Report Submittal Date: July 27, 2011