EEOICPA Vitro Corporation of America

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 Vitro Corporation of America, Chattanooga Tennessee

 

Chattanooga PostcardVitro Corporation of America

Vitro Corporation is an AWE facility from 1957-March 1, 2011 and a beryllium vendor site for 1959-1965 so workers are eligible to file Part B claims.

Records indicate that "Vitro Corporation" of Chattanooga, TN performed some beryllium work for Y-12 during the period 1959-1965. A 1962 document also mentions that the AEC met with members of the beryllium industry, including representatives from "Vitro Chemical" (no address), but does not mention whether any contracts were involved in these discussions.

The original owner of this site was Heavy Metals Inc. and possessed an AEC license to process uranium and thorium products beginning as early as 1957. Documentation indicates that the company provided price quotes to the AEC for thorium products as early as 1954, but there is no indication that it received a contract for that work. Vitro Chemical of Chattanooga, TN, a subsidiary of Vitro Corporation, took over the site at the end of 1959 and was under contract to the AEC to produce thorium metal, thorium fluoride and thorium oxide. The current owner, W.R. Grace, purchased the site in 1965 and continued operations until 1983, but records do not reveal any weapons-based link after 1968. The State of Tennessee took over licensing of this site in 1968.

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.

 

Alternative Names

  • Vitro Chemical
  • Vitro Chemical Company
  • Heavy Minerals Company
  • Heavy Metals, Incorporated
  • W.R. Grace
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    DOL

    DOL provides Part B and Part E statistics on Vitro Corporation but has no Site Exposure Matrix.

     

    NIOSH

    NIOSH lists statistics for Vitro Corporation's dose reconstructions.

     

    Other

    The Wall Street Journal's Waste Lands series provides information on Vitro.

     

    Vitro Documents

  • June 28, 1990 Memo
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