Hanford, PPNL, and HEW
Also Known As: Hanford Engineer Works (HEW), Richland, PNNL
|Location||Special Exposure Cohort Employees (SEC):|
|Richland, Washington||October 1, 1943 – December 31st, 1990|
|EEOICPA Compensation is more likely to be awarded to former Hanford Employee’s if they worked during the SEC Period. Hanford’s SEC Period is between October 1st, 1943 and December 31st, 1990. Compensation is typically awarded to employees who worked for at least 250 days and later developed one of the following 22 specified cancers.
Workers whose employment occurred outside of the SEC class period can still file a claim for benefits under Part B or Part E of the EEOICPA.
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Hanford was established in 1942, as a major government-owned nuclear weapons production site. The plant focused on fabricating reactor fuel, operating nine nuclear reactors, five major chemical plants, and creating materials for nuclear weapons. Additionally, the facility also performed nonmilitary applications of nuclear energy. Engineers at the plant produced many technological advances such as industrial-scale nuclear reactors.
In 1965, the laboratory functions performed were separately identified as Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL). Beginning in 2005, Battelle began operating a separate facility in Richland to perform some laboratory functions. Hanford’s impact was so large that the National Park Service the B Reactor is now a National Historic Landmark. Even to this day, some historians advocate converting the plant into a museum.
Hanford currently has the highest amount of contamination for a nuclear site in the United States.