Mallinckrodt Workers Testify for Reimbursements
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – Some workers who built nuclear weapons in St. Louis in the 1950's are making their case for compensation this week before a federal panel. Hundreds of former Mallinckrodt employees were sickened by radiation. They're seeking a 150-thousand dollar compensation package.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says it has enough data to reconstruct radiation dosages for every qualifying worker. But lead petitioner Denise Brock says the records are incomplete and that the law allows them to bypass that rule,"Enough is enough. These workers are dying. This law; it's been five years since the enactment. If it was so easy to do these, wouldn't they have been done? They're not done."
Earlier this year, the federal government approved compensation for a separate group of Mallinckrodt employees who worked at the plant from 1942 to 1948.