The Albany Research Center became part of the Department of Energy in 1995. In 2004 residual beryllium contamination associated with historic beryllium use at Albany Research Center was identified. The precise origins and dates of beryllium operations have not been determined, though it certainly was already present in 1987.
This mill was only operated for three years and these historical mill operations are covered under the auspices of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and are not separately covered under EEOICPA. However, DOE environmental remediation contractors performed remediation under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604) at the Lakeview Uranium Mill and Disposal Cell from 1986-1989. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.
In 1971 and 1972,
Wah Chang was subcontracted to Union Carbide
Corporation to melt uranium-bearing materials
for the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant.
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.