Seymour Specialty Wire
Also Known As: Reactive Metals Inc., National Distillers and Chemical Co., Bridgeport Brass Co.
Time Period: AWE 1962-1964; Residual Radiation 1965-1991; DOE 1992- 1993 (remediation)
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer, Department of Energy
From 1962 to 1964, the Bridgeport Brass Company performed contract work at the Seymour site for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). This work involved developing an extrusion process for natural uranium metal. After 1964, the work was consolidated at the Reactive Metals site in Ohio. Operation of the Seymour site was later taken over by employees and the facility eventually became the Seymour Specialty Wire Company.
Although this site was designated as part of the Formerly Utilized Site Remediation Action Program (FUSRAP) in 1985, remediation only took place during 1992 and 1993. This work was performed under the Bechtel National Inc. umbrella contract or DOE site environmental remediation.
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.
Seymour Specialty Wire is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 05/17/2015, 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 Seymour Specialty Wire is $0.
Seymour Specialty Wire 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 $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.
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Site Description and History
The Seymour, Connecticut, Site (formerly the Seymour Specialty Wire site) is located in Seymour, Connecticut, at 15 Franklin Street, approximately 50 miles southwest of Hartford, Connecticut. The site occupies 60 acres along the west side of the Naugatuck River off State Route 8 and just north of State Route 67.
Reactive Metals, Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgeport Brass Company, later known as the Seymour Specialty Wire Company, formerly occupied the site. From 1962 to 1964, Reactive Metals, Inc. used one building at the site, the Rufert Building, for developmental extrusion of natural uranium metal under a U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) contract and for related activities that included uranium machining, storage of radioactive material, and analytical support. These activities at the site ceased in 1964 when operations were transferred to a Reactive Metals, Inc. facility in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted surveys in 1977 and 1980 as part of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). Those surveys identified radioactive contamination in several areas of the Rufert Building that exceeded U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines for residual contamination on structural surfaces. Characterization of the site also indicated that two small exterior areas were contaminated as well. Uranium and its decay products were the primary contaminants. An additional survey in 1993, conducted to define the boundaries more accurately, indicated that contamination was limited to the two exterior areas and to six rooms of the Rufert Building. Contamination inside the building was found on the walls, floors, floor drains, expansion joints, overhead beams and trusses, overhead pipes, overhead ducts and fans, and overhead light fixtures.
Remedial action of the Seymour site was completed in 1993 under an expedited protocol. Approximately 33 cubic yards of contaminated building debris and 4 cubic yards of radioactively contaminated soil were removed from the site. Of the building waste material, 12 cubic yards were classified as low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) and 21 cubic yards as asbestos-containing material and LLRW. A total of 37 cubic yards of waste were shipped to a licensed disposal facility in Clive, Utah.
If you or your parent worked any of the DOE or AWE facilities listed on this website and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor.
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