Wah chang’s cold war casualties local democratherald.com 8 gas laws


Jan. 1, 1971: Wah Chang begins contract with Union Carbide Corp. to reprocess 50,000 pounds of depleted uranium from the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Since World War II, the Y-12 plant has been the primary producer of enriched uranium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

October 2000: Congress passes Energy Employees Occupational Illness Program Act, which provides cash compensation and medical benefits to atomic weapons workers who developed certain illnesses from on-the-job exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica.

April 29, 2011: Department of Health and Human Services designates special exposure cohort for Wah Chang. All employees who worked an aggregate of at least 250 days in any building at the plant between Jan. 1, 1971, and Dec. 31, 1972, are declared eligible for benefits if they developed one of 22 specified cancers and meet other specific requirements.

June 3, 2011: Department of Health and Human Services declares that other employees who worked at least 250 days at the plant between Jan. 1, 1973, and Oct. 31, 2009, may also be eligible because of exposure to residual radiation. Unlike members of the special exposure cohort, these employees only qualify for benefits if a dose reconstruction determines that they were exposed to certain threshold levels of radiation. Residual exposure period is later extended to March 1, 2011.

ISIS already knows about Wah Chang. They probably know more about it than we do. It was one of Sadam’s top US targets during Desert Storm so all those radicals already know about it. It’s no secret what they do there. Yes, I agree that we need to be careful about the information that goes out but those guys already know about this place, most likely, hence the amount of security they have. While the reporter getting arrested is riduculous, it’s not the cops that are to blame for that, it’s the railroad. Those guys are nazis when it comes to being on their property. They pretty much think they run the show. So if the reporter was on their property and they wanted to press charges then the cops’ hands are tied. AND, the reporter, unless he is a complete moron, had to have known that he was trespassing if he was truly on UP property. Everyone with half a brain knows that it’s illegal. Yes, people do it all the time but if those nazis catch you then you are done for. I do not agree with him being arrested but again, gotta remember the railroad are nazis.

This is a great article. Thank you, Bennett Hall. It’s refreshing to see just well researched facts with no fearmongering about radiation or attacking the company just because it’s a corporation. Maybe I’ve been reading too many blogs. Sometimes it seems like everyone is angry at everyone else.

I’ve been working around nuclear reactors for my entire career, so I read the article looking for mistakes or exaggerations, which are common in articles about nuclear power. The article reads as though it was written by a nuclear expert. Color me impressed, sir!

The article didn’t go into detail about the health hazards of depleted uranium. DU is very weakly radioactive, so people won’t get "radiation burns" from it. The major hazard from DU is chemical toxicity. So if they were melting it, and some of it became airborne, workers could breathe it and it would end up in the lungs and digestive tract. Wikipedia has a good article on DU. Their article says "The U.S. Department of Defense claims that no human cancer of any type has been seen as a result of exposure to either natural or depleted uranium." It would be interesting to see if anyone has been able to prove to the government that their cancer was a direct result of working with DU at Wah Chang.