Oak Ridge Nuclear Plant
The Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant was established in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1942. Oak Ridge played a major role in World War II nuclear weapon development, producing much-needed uranium using the gaseous diffusion method. Abundant water and easy access to electricity, as well as large ridges in the terrain to separate facilities for safety, made Oak Ridge the perfect location for the plant.
Oak Ridge went from a quite Tennessee community to a booming facility in just three years. The population increased from 3,000 to 75,000 over that time period. Construction was happening so quickly that a housing structure was built every half hour. All the work happening at Oak Ridge required large amounts of energy. When at full capacity in World War II, Oak Ridge consumed more electricity than the city of New York.
The rush to produce uranium took its toll on workers at Oak Ridge. Many of these workers developed cancer due to their work, as well as other diseases and conditions related to the chemicals and other materials used at the plant. The EEOICPA was created to help workers at Oak Ridge and other uranium and nuclear workers, providing free medical services and compensation to those who qualify.
If you or your loved one worked at Oak Ridge and became ill because of it, you should be able to get EEOICPA benefits. Let Twilight Health help you through the process. Please contact us to learn more about your benefits application.
Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant Benefits
The EEOICPA has already paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in both compensation and benefits to nuclear workers, including workers employed at Oak Ridge. The latest numbers available, from August of 2017, indicate that Oak Ridge workers have been awarded:
- Part B Compensation: $324,094,392
- Part E Compensation (Includes Survivor, Lump Sum, Wage Loss & Impairment): $248,844,060
- Medical Benefits: $240,740,440
As a worker at Oak Ridge, you sacrificed more than most people can understand to serve the needs of your country. The EEOICPA was designed to ensure that you get the compensation and medical assistance you deserve. At Twilight Health, we are passionate about helping people like you get the medical care they need. Contact us to discuss your benefits and your health care options. We are ready and waiting to assist you.
The Facility and Scope of Work
The building and operation of Oak Ridge was a massive undertaking. There were over 25,000 construction workers at the peak of the building process. The plant cost over $500 million to build. It was referred to by the code name K-25, as the work that was being done was of extreme importance. In fact, the majority of the workers at Oak Ridge only had a very vague idea of what they were doing. It was only after Hiroshima that the employees had a clear picture of what they had been working so hard to accomplish.
The K-25 gaseous diffusion plant was completed at Oak Ridge in 1944. It was four stories tall and encompassed over 1,640,000 square feet. At the time of completion, it was the largest building in the world.
Compensation for Workers
The work at Oak Ridge was important, but it was also hazardous. Many of the workers at Oak Ridge were exposed to hazardous chemicals, substances and radiation that would lead to serious illnesses and diseases, including a number of different cancers.
For workers at Oak Ridge that got sick from the job, the EEOICPA covers all medical care to treat the work-related illnesses. The benefits include doctor’s visits, prescription medications, in-home health care and more.
Twilight Health focuses on health care services for EEOICPA/RECA beneficiaries. We understand the difficulties you face with your illness. We make it our job to help you overcome those difficulties. Contact us to determine which medical services are right for you.
How Oak Ridge Workers Can Qualify for Benefits
Your benefits may be only an application away. Contact us at Twilight Health to get assistance with your application for EEOICPA benefits.