Beryllium Corporation of America-Reading
Reading Beryllium Corporation of America is a beryllium vendor facility from August 18, 1943 to the present so workers are eligible to file for Part B claims.
In 1947, the Beryllium Corporation plant at Reading produced highly distilled and pure beryllium oxide on a small scale for the AEC. By 1960, the plant focused on alloy and oxide work. In 1961, the plant supplied beryllium parts to the Y-12 plant and produced beryllium powder for the AEC from government inventory beryllium ingots. Although all major Berylco contracts (beyond 1961) and purchase orders reviewed to date show that the final product shipped from Hazelton, it has been clarified that but for the alloy and oxide work performed in Reading, the contracts and purchase orders fulfilled for the AEC by Hazelton could not have been completed.
DOE lists Beryllium Corporation of America in Reading as a covered EEOICPA facility.
The Wall Street Journal's Waste Lands series provides information on Beryllium Corporation of America in Reading.