Brush Wellman news
1999 - 2000

Dec 15, 2000 PROVIDENCE, RI -- "Beryllium: The "double standard" standard," report, David S. Egilman, MD MPH in the case of Ballinger v. Brush Wellman, Inc., Civil Action No. 96CV2532. "'Government and medical standards use 2 mg/m3 as the air count limit, but the committee thought that this could be unacceptable at St. Clair because personnel [Brush corporate officers and research staff] are used to a greater margin of safety. ...While the committee realized that some personnel would be critical of anything besides zero level, it agreed to use a 0.05 mg/m3 'for purposes of discussion'.' (May 24, 1991, Dombrowski to Kelly)."
Dec 15, 2000 ELMORE -- "Beryllium found in workers' cars, homes," Associated Press. "The Rev. Keith Davis, who lives near the plant, said he was surprised beryllium was found on the hood of his car. He said no one has explained his health risks. 'It's hard to describe my feelings when all the time we'd been assured there was nothing to fear,' he said."
"Report: Dust goes outside Brush Wellman plant; Beryllium found in workers’ cars, homes," (Kelly Lecker, Toledo Blade).
Dec 14, 2000 ELMORE -- "The smoking gun: Citizen Action finds beryllium in Brush Wellman workers’ homes; Renews demand for community testing," release, Ohio Citizen Action. "Of the six workers’ homes sampled, five had beryllium contamination in their carpet or vacuum. Of the three cars owned by workers that were tested, all three had beryllium contamination present.... 'There is no safe level of beryllium exposure,' said Dr. Kathleen Fagan, occupational health specialist. 'If beryllium is being found in people’s cars and homes, it is likely that the community is being exposed.'"
Dec 7, 2000 WASHINGTON, DC -- "Clinton issues order putting Labor Department in charge of program," Katherine Rizzo, Associated Press. "Clinton did not go as far as some unions and legislators wanted. A group of House members led by Rep. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, had pressed the White House to include some tight deadlines so that sick workers could know exactly how long a review panel would take to issue a decision after an initial turndown for benefits. They also asked Clinton to guarantee that the government would pay for the medical opinions needed to establish that a worker is suffering from an eligible illness, but the executive order did not address that."
Dec 6, 2000 WASHINGTON, DC -- "White House prepares to detail how compensation will work," Katherine Rizzo, Associated Press. "[Rep. Ted Strickland (OH) and a] group of House members has been lobbying the Office of Management and Budget to compose the president's order in a way that makes the process as clear and easy as possible for an ailing worker to claim the benefits. For instance, they want:
  • A time limit for reviewing the appeals of workers initially turned down for benefits;
  • Government coverage of the medical tests needed to establish a qualifying illness, with payments going both to people found eligible and people turned down;
  • A guarantee that there will be no statute of limitations on claims, so that no matter how many years elapse before a cancer surfaces, the sickened worker can still file a claim."
Nov 10, 2000 TUCSON, AZ -- "Beryllium plant cited for dryer vent," Enric Volante, Arizona Daily Star. "Pat Birnie, of the Environmental Justice Action Group, said the violation underscores the need to further restrict emissions. A dryer probably emits very small amounts, she acknowledged, but research suggests the smallest beryllium particles are the most dangerous to inhale. 'So even though it's only a tiny amount in quantity, that's no excuse,' Birnie said."
Oct 12, 2000 LORAIN -- "Beryllium workers to get compensation for suffering," Catherine Gilfether, Cleveland Plain Dealer. "The current legislation is unfair, [Ohio Citizen Action's Amy] Ryder said, because people who take the compensation cannot sue the company. 'It’s too bad it has to be either-or. Both the company and the government should be held liable,' she said."
Oct 5, 2000VALLEJO, CA -- "Workers unwittingly take home toxins; Employees endanger their loved ones when invisible but poisonous substances cling to their belongings," Stephanie Armour, USA Today. "Researchers have documented about 40 cases of [beryllium] disease among workers' family members, according to NIOSH reports. In a published report on one recent case, a 56-year-old woman was diagnosed with the disease in 1990. She had never worked with metal, but her husband was employed at a beryllium plant. Although he always showered at work and wore special work clothes, the woman had scrubbed her husband's face and hair -- removing metallic debris imbedded in his skin -- after he was injured in a plant explosion. She also handled his clothes. That contact, doctors say, is believed to have exposed her to enough beryllium to cause the disease,"
Sep 20, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "New estimates whittle cost of help to sick workers," Katherine Rizzo, Associated Press. "The new cost estimate was lower because it assumed Congress would not give lump-sum payments to workers with beryllium sensitivity but not full-blown beryllium disease. Beryllium is a deadly metal that was used in nuclear weapons production. Exposure can cause an incurable lung disease."
Sep 8, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Contamination lingers on," Peter Eisler, USA Today. "Polonium plants run by Monsanto Chemical in Dayton, Ohio, released radioactive waste into the Miami River. 'Contamination of the water at the outlet rises quickly after dumping but drops off again at a good rate,' a federal memo in 1945 said. 'The mud is highly contaminated all the time.'"
Sep 7, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Secret project carried hidden dangers," Peter Eisler, USA Today. "In May 1948, medical officials with the Atomic Energy Commission, which ran the weapons program, reported that 'health hazards in the beryllium plants of AEC contractors' were severe enough to consider 'a complete shutdown of beryllium operations while a thorough solution to the health problem is sought.' The idea was dismissed. "
Sep 6, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Poisoned Workers and Poisoned Places: Toxic Legacy," Peter Eisler, USA Today. "From mom-and-pop machine shops to big-name chemical firms, private manufacturing facilities across the nation were quietly converted to the risky business of handling tons of uranium, thorium, polonium, beryllium and other radioactive and toxic substances. Few of the contractors were prepared for the hazards of their government-sponsored missions."
Aug 10, 2000TUCSON -- "Neighbors want tighter monitoring of beryllium plant near six schools," Maureen O'Connell, Arizona Daily Star. "'There are fields around the plant used by children" walking to Los Amigos Elementary School, 2200 E. Drexel Road, said Steve Chernin, who works at a nearby Sunnyside Unified School District campus. Of Sunnyside High School's track team, he added, 'Every day they're running through the beryllium dust.'"
Aug 6, 2000DENVER -- "Dust a Cold Warrior's plague," Lisa Ryckman, Rocky Mountain News. "[Margaret] Simon, 54, never worked in a weapons complex. She is a dental technician — a member of what [Lee] Newman refers to as a new epidemic wave of [chronic beryllium diesease] sufferers who only now are realizing the danger of working with alloys, mixtures of metals such as copper, magnesium or aluminum that contain as little as 2 percent beryllium. 'They have been told and they believe that a little bit of beryllium is safe, that if you work with alloys, it's safe,' Newman says. 'And in fact, that's not true.' Bridges and crowns made of beryllium alloys don't cause disease in dental patients; Simon became ill by inhaling the dust created by grindinging and polishing them."
Jul 14, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Funds OK'd for sickened nuclear arms workers," Toledo Blade. "At the Brush Wellman beryllium plant near Elmore, at least 75 current or former workers have contracted beryllium disease, a lung ailment caused by the metal's toxic dust. Brush Wellman historically has supplied beryllium to the government for use in nuclear bombs and other weapons. House and Senate lawmakers have vowed that legislation to compensate ailing weapons workers would cover Brush Wellman workers."
Jun 26, 2000COLUMBUS -- "The Blade wins 9 awards from Ohio press society," Toledo Blade. "Blade investigative reporter Sam Roe won the top prize in investigative reporting for his six-part series on beryllium, titled 'Deadly Alliance.' 'This series is a model of investigative reporting,' judges said. Published in March and April, 1999, the series exposed how government and industry officials repeatedly put production of the strategic metal ahead of worker safety. The series, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, sparked major safety reforms, numerous lawsuits, and two congressional investigations."
Jun 19, 2000CLEVELAND -- "Herron Testing Laboratories: Cleveland company exposing workers to beryllium," factsheet, Amy Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action.
Jun 15, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Blade's Roe wins national honor for beryllium reports," Toledo Blade.
Jun 9, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Beryllium aid package gets boost," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade. "The compensation program gives workers the choice of accepting compensation or suing. But workers would have less time to decide whether to sue."
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Senate agrees to compensate nuclear workers," Associated Press
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Piketon workers aid OK'd by Senate," Jonathan Riskind, Columbus Dispatch.
Jun 2, 2000LORAIN -- "Beryllium ban finally official," Mike Sakal, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. "The signed agreement marks a major victory for Lorain residents, said Amy Ryder, director of Ohio Citizen Action's office in Cleveland, an activist group that worked with Tavenner on the effort to ban beryllium. 'The agreement definitely brings in a safety factor to Lorain,' said Ryder, whose organization also is campaigning against beryllium production at Brush Wellman plants in Ohio."
May 22, 2000TOLEDO -- "Proposed beryllium compensation legislation," letter to U.S. Senator Mike DeWine, Sarah Ogdahl, Ohio Citizen Action, Coalition for a Safe Environment. "We are strongly opposed to any limits put on an individual’s right to sue Brush Wellman."
May 20, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Beryllium report disappoints DeWine," Karen MacPherson, Toledo Blade. "Sarah Ogdahl of Ohio Citizen Action, an environmental group pressing for reforms on the beryllium issue, was more blunt in her assessment of the GAO report. 'This has not been an investigation. It is a wash,' Ms. Ogdahl added."
May 18, 2000NORTH ROYALTON -- Letter to the editor, Patricia Morchak, re: May 7 Cleveland Plain Dealer article, Brush Wellman looks on bright side of a deadly metal. "Somehow I fail to see the 'bright side of beryllium' and neither can the workers and the families who are going through the same kind of hell my husband, my sons and I went through for so many years."
May 16, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain beryllium agreement finalized," Mike Sakal, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram; "The Ohio Citizen Action Committee joined Tavenner's cause in February. Members from the environmental activist group collected about 1,300 signatures from residents who said they were opposed to beryllium production in the city."
LORAIN -- "It's a deal: Beryllium to stay out of Lorain", Morgan Lewis, Jr., Lorain Morning Journal.
May 16, 2000COLUMBUS -- "Beryllium-plan vote advances," Jim Drew, Toledo Blade; "[Sarah Ogdahl], The head of the Toledo office of Ohio Citizen Action, a statewide consumer and environmental group, said it was "unjust" for a Brush Wellman official to take part in the panel discussion without someone with beryllium disease having the chance to testify."
May 15, 2000PEPPER PIKE -- "A canvass visit with Gordon Harnett, CEO, Brush Wellman," Mario Covic, Ohio Citizen Action; "I asked Mr. Harnett, 'When will you pay for medical testing for all the current and former Brush workers and all the current and former contract workers at the Elmore plant?' Each of the 1,400 letters had asked this same question, and Mr. Harnett had yet to answer it."
May 13, 2000COLUMBUS -- "Senate slates beryllium hearing in Ohio," Toledo Blade; "One environmental leader said she was upset that a Brush Wellman official is scheduled to testify but not a beryllium disease victim. 'You need to include those who have been affected and who are suffering,' said Sarah Ogdahl of Ohio Citizen Action, a statewide environmental group."
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 15 Hearing announcement, Department of Energy Employee Compensation Plan, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Safety, and Training.
May 10, 2000LORAIN -- "Beryllium deal makes sense for both sides," editorial, Lorain Morning Journal; "Some might worry, as we did early in this debate, that a ban set in city ordinances might send the wrong message – leaving an impression that Lorain is inhospitable to industry and unwilling to deal with the complexities of a manufacturing environment. That conclusion won’t hold up, however, because it’s clear the city has worked cooperatively with Brush Wellman to seek a compromise."
May 10, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Bill would compensate victims of beryllium, other hazards," Toledo Blade; "Richard Miller, a policy analyst for the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers International Union, whose membership includes workers at beryllium plants, said the Voinovich plan provides far more benefits than previous compensation proposals. 'This sets the high-water mark for what legislation should look like,' he said."
May 7, 2000CLEVELAND -- "Brush Wellman looks on bright side of a deadly metal," Jennifer Scott Cimperman, Cleveland Plain Dealer; "'Workers for 50 years have gotten sick and died,' said Amy Ryder, director of the Cleveland office of Ohio Citizen Action, a nonprofit consumer and environmental group. Before Brush’s annual shareholders’ meeting last Wednesday, Ryder stood outside distributing leaflets showing CBD victims hooked to oxygen tanks. 'I find it hard to believe that they can’t make and handle this metal safely.'"
May 4, 2000LORAIN -- "Brush Wellman trying to head off Lorain beryllium ban, activists say," Karen Henderson, Cleveland Plain Dealer (Lorain edition); "Memo to Lorain City Council: Reponse to Plain Dealer story", Amy Ryder, Cleveland area Director, Ohio Citizen Action, "In this mornings article, there were suspicions raised by a Toledo attorney and a Cincinnati attorney as to why Brush agreed to this voluntary action. The reasoning behind their decision is irrelevant. Should council accept this contract, all sides win. Both the citizens of Lorain and Brush Wellman are assured by this agreement that the public and the workers will be protected from the hazards associated with beryllium plants."
May 2, 2000CLEVELAND -- Ohio Citizen Action members distribute "Thou shalt not kill," a report to Brush Wellman stockholders, as they arrive for the company's annual meeting.
May 2, 2000LORAIN -- "Company agrees to beryllium ban," Mike Sakal, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. "Amy Ryder, director of [Ohio Citizen Action's] Cleveland office, was jubilant over the proposed agreement. 'The agreement is a great victory,' Ryder said. 'The consensus all along was that the public did not want to see beryllium produced here. I think putting on public pressure helped.'"
LORAIN -- "Lorain close to deal on beryllium," Tom Germuska, Jr., Lorain Morning Journal. "The proposed agreement includes the promise from Brush Wellman that the company will never 'produce, store or manufacture beryllium or beryllium compounds which result in or cause respirable beryllium fumes, dusts or powder within the corporate limits' of Lorain."
LORAIN -- "Brush Wellman to sign pledge it won’t make beryllium in Lorain,", Karen Henderson, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
May 2, 2000TOLEDO -- "Brush must allow review of its papers," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade. "In support of his ruling, Judge Zapata cited several documents, including communications in 1974 from a Japanese beryllium producer and its medical consultant to Brush Wellman regarding reported cases of beryllium disease in Japan at exposures under the safety limit. 'Also compelling,' the judge wrote, is a 1977 company document regarding a Brush customer reporting a case of beryllium disease under the limit. The judge noted that Brush Wellman subsequently told federal regulators in 1977 that 'the record demonstrates that there is no evidence of any occupational incidence of acute or chronic beryllium disease at or below the exposure levels in the existing standard.'"
Apr 30, 2000LORAIN -- "Common sense on beryllium and free speech," John Cole, editorial, Lorain Morning Journal, "So, it's entirely understandable that 52 years later the city of Lorain would ask for some assurance that the same circumstances wouldn't lead to the same disaster. Who better than Lorain to say no thanks, we don't want to run that risk again."
Apr 25, 2000COLUMBUS -- "Beryllium tests set for EPA staffers," James Drew, Toledo Blade, "[Beth Wolf, the Ohio EPA's safety administrator] said the blood tests will be added to the regular medical monitoring of the five or six EPA employees who make inspections at Brush's Elmore plant. Most of the 55 current or former EPA employees who have signed up for the testing program have worked at Brush's Elmore plant, but a few may have been exposed at two businesses in Marion and a former Brush facility in Luckey."
Apr 24, 2000ELYRIA -- "Roses and raspberries: Suspicious timing,"... the fact that Molnar is a vociferous opponent of a beryllium ban makes us suspicious about her motives."
Apr 20, 2000CLEVELAND -- "ABC look at beryllium industry 'simplistic,' Brush Wellman says," Brush Wellman release. "'If Brush Wellman operated with the callous disregard for employees and customers that ABC implies, we would be out of business and in fact should be,' [Gordon D. Harnett, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Brush Wellman] said."
Apr 20, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain requests company to ban beryllium manufacture," Cindy Leise, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, "[Brush Wellman spokesman B.J.] Fischer said the company has not yet decided how to respond to the request for an outright ban on beryllium production in Lorain. When the current plant was built in 1996, company officials 'did not want to close the door on it,' Fischer said."
Apr 19, 2000NEW YORK -- "The Deadly Dust; Thousands of workers threatened by chronic beryllium disease," Amy Weisfogel, ABC News 20/20; reported by Charles Gibson. "As the scientific debate continues, Brush Wellman is still against lowering the exposure limit, saying the current safety standard protects beryllium workers. But in 1997, a study at Brush Wellman’s Elmore, Ohio plant showed that 9.4 percent of its workforce either has CBD or a condition that often leads to CBD."
NEW YORK -- "Blade series inspires '20/20' show tonight," Toledo Blade, "'It's a very important story,' ABC producer Jeff Diamond said. 'A lot of individuals have become severely sick.'"
Apr 19, 2000BLOOMDALE -- "Brush keeps going, people still dying," Lori Hummel, letter-to-the-editor, Toledo Blade, " This week is the second anniversary of [my mother's] death and others have suffered and died before and after her. However, Brush Wellman is still producing beryllium and people are still being exposed and becoming sick."
Apr 19, 2000LORAIN -- "Door-to-door limit plan draws fire in Lorain," Morgan Lewis, Jr., Lorain Morning Journal, "'This is highly questionable,' said the Rev. Steve Behr, local ACLU branch chairman. 'It's a badly written law that prohibits free speech. You can't do that.'"
Apr 18, 2000NEW YORK -- ABC News has rescheduled its twice-postponed 20/20 report on the beryllium disease killing employees at Brush Wellman's Elmore plant. The network says it will air the report on Wednesday, April 19, at 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Apr 18, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain councilwoman wants to prohibit evening solicitors," Karen Henderson, Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Amy Ryder, Cleveland-area director of Ohio Citizen Action, said, "I absolutely do think this is aimed at us." ...Citizen Action has been passing out information, gathering names on a petition and soliciting funds in support of a beryllium ban. Ryder said the group goes door to door between 4 and 9 p.m. She said it had fought and won similar attempts to limit canvassing hours in Avon Lake, Olmsted Falls and Rocky River."
Apr 17, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Exposed workers: Who to compensate, and how much?" Katherine Rizzo, Associated Press, "The Clinton administration's plan offers compensation to those with cancer and beryllium disease, but steers other sickened employees to state workers' compensation programs. Officials estimate about 3,000 of the more than 600,000 who worked in the government's weapons factories since the 1950s would qualify."
Apr 15, 2000LORAIN -- "Compromise possible on beryllium in Lorain" Karen Henderson, Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Councilwoman Kathy Tavenner said yesterday that she would drop her push for a total ban if Brush Wellman Inc. would sign an agreement never to manufacture beryllium at its plant in the Lorain Industrial Park."
Apr 13, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "U.S. Outlines Plan to Settle Claims of Nuclear Bomb Plant Workers Who Became Ill or Died," Matthew Wald, New York Times. "Half [of the cases, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson] estimated, would be for workers with cancer, a quarter for workers with lung problems caused by beryllium, a toxic metal that in the 1950's and 60's was used almost exclusively in nuclear weapons manufacture, and the remainder for workers sickened by asbestos or suffering from assorted other illnesses."
Apr 12, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Secretary Richardson Announces Proposal to Compensate Thousands of Sick Workers; Administration Addresses Cold War Legacy," release, U.S. Department of Energy.
Apr 10, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain may consider ban on beryllium production," Karen Henderson, Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Bernsee said he had worked at the plant for only 10 days in 1947 when a lethal amount of the dust got inside his face mask."
Apr 8, 2000TOLEDO -- "Beryllium casualties sound off," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade. "Mr. Shutters's attorney, Jack Fynes, says: 'This is the first case - that I'm aware of - of a contract employee who was on site but predominantly outside the buildings but nevertheless contracted the disease.'"
Apr 6, 2000COLUMBIA, MO -- "Blade writer honored for series," Toledo Blade. "The series exposed a 50-year pattern of misconduct by the U.S. government and the American beryllium industry -- wrongdoing that caused a chronic lung disease in dozens of workers producing the strategic metal. The articles sparked major safety reforms, numerous lawsuits, and two congressional investigations."
Apr 1, 2000TOLEDO -- "Lawsuits target beryllium producer," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade. "The suit demands that Brush Wellman pay for blood testing for the workers to determine whether they have an incurable lung disease caused by toxic beryllium dust. Tens of thousands of current and former employees of past and present Brush customers could be eligible, the suit states."
Mar 29, 2000LORAIN -- "Brush Wellman: Put it in writing," editorial, Lorain Morning Journal. "We say, however, that if the company really means it doesn't have such intentions, it should simply make that promise in writing now, in a form that could be enforced in a court of law, and save the city the trouble of passing and defending an ordinance to require it. The people of Hinkley, Calif., couldn't trust PG&E. The people of Lorain shouldn't have to trust Brush Wellman."
Mar 28, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain urged to enact ban on beryllium," Morgan Lewis, Jr., Lorain Morning Journal. "'I'm speaking for my sister-in-law who died at 50 years old after suffering from the effects of beryllium disease,' said Dorothy Pager of Vermilion. 'She never was an employee of Brush Beryllium, only a victim of living in proximity to the plant. I urge City Council to ban any foreseeable use of beryllium in this city.'"
Mar 27, 2000LORAIN -- 150 citizens jam a Lorain City Council committee hearing on a proposed ordinance to ban beryllium processing in the city. Photos. Testimony by Dr. Kathleen Fagan, and Tucson, Arizona, Environmental Justice Action Group.
Mar 25, 2000TOLEDO -- "Blade wins reporting award," Cleveland Plain Dealer. "The Toledo Blade has won the first place medal for investigative reporting for medium-sized newspapers from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. 'Deadly Alliance,' by reporter Sam Roe, was cited as 'an exhaustive piece that forced into the open embarrassing information that government and industry wanted hidden.' It reported on the defense industry’s use of beryllium." Release.
Mar 23, 2000Mark your calendar: LORAIN -- On Monday, March 27, at 6:00 PM, Lorain City Council will host a public hearing to accept public comment on a proposed ordinance to ban the production, manufacturing and storage of beryllium in the city. The hearing, open to all, will be at City Hall, Council Chambers, 200 West Erie Avenue. For more information, contact Amy Ryder, (888) 777-7135.
Mar 17, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain weighs ban on beryllium work," Jennifer Scott Cimperman, Cleveland Plain Dealer " [Kathy] Tavenner, one of three Lorain council members-at-large, said she got the idea to propose a ban in 1997, when environmental consultants found beryllium in soil samples taken from the former Lorain plant site. Last year, she enlisted the help of Ohio Citizen Action, an environmental and consumer advocacy group whose members have gone door-to-door in Lorain neighborhoods to promote the beryllium ban."
Mar 13, 2000NEW YORK -- For the second time this year, ABC News has postponed its planned 20/20 report on the beryllium disease killing employees at Brush Wellman's Elmore plant. The network has abruptly pulled the segment, most recently scheduled for March 15. Brush Wellman attorneys have been pressuring ABC News to keep the damaging report off the air.
Mar 2, 2000TOLEDO -- "Two more former workers sue Brush," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade " The two new suits were brought by Randy Lee Bostater and Christina Moomey, both of Graytown, Ohio. They allege that Brush Wellman deliberately exposed them to 'unreasonably and abnormally hazardous and dangerous working conditions, knowing that injury and disease would occur.'"
Feb 29, 2000TOLEDO -- "Brush Wellman proposes increase in beryllium storage; Citizens demand testing for residents," release, Citizens for a Safe Environment "Brush officials have ... applied to increase their allowable on-site storage of beryllium from 50 pounds to 10,000 pounds."
Feb 25, 2000TOLEDO -- "Ohio EPA to test staff for beryllium," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade " An estimated 1,200 people have contracted the illness nationwide since the 1940s, including at least 65 current or former Brush workers at the Elmore plant. State officials have identified 58 current or former Ohio EPA employees who have visited sites with potential beryllium dust exposure; 54 have signed up to have their blood tested."
Feb 15, 2000TOLEDO -- "Brush sued by contract workers," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade "The suit wants Brush to pay for blood tests so workers can determine whether they have contracted beryllium disease, an incurable, often-fatal lung illness caused by the metal's dust."
Feb 8, 2000WASHINGTON, DC -- "Clinton budget: $13 million for beryllium workers," Jack Torry and Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Jan 30, 2000TOLEDO -- "Arms workers hail admission on exposure," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade
Jan 25, 2000ELMORE -- "Brush says it's prepared for leaks," David Patch, Toledo Blade
Jan 22, 2000ELMORE -- "Worker fired by Brush ends whistleblower complaint," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Jan 4, 2000LORAIN -- "Lorain ponders ban on beryllium," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Dec 30, 1999CLEVELAND -- "Widower sues beryllium company," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Dec 29, 1999TOLEDO -- "Brush fined for unsafe conditions; OSHA finds dangerous levels of beryllium dust," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Dec 17, 1999ELMORE -- "Activists get meeting with Brush officials," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Dec 16, 1999TOLEDO -- "Three more suits filed against Brush," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Dec 13, 1999TOLEDO -- "One standard for all," editorial, Toledo Blade
Dec 10, 1999TOLEDO -- "Kaptur expects beryllium compensation conflicts," Jack Baessler, Toledo Blade
Dec 9, 1999CLEVELAND -- "All beryllium workers deserve protection," statement, Amy Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action;
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Tougher beryllium controls approved," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade
Dec 8, 1999WASHINGTON, DC -- "Energy Dept. Will Cut Standard for Its Workers' Exposure to a Metal Tied to Lung Disease," Matthew Wald, New York Times;
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Richardson Announces Program to Prevent Beryllium Disease Among Energy Department Workers," release, U.S. Department of Energy;
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Beryllium Workers Get New Standards," Michelle Mittelstadt, Associated Press
Dec 3, 1999TOLEDO -- "Four more sue, fault Brush for exposure," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Dec 2, 1999TOLEDO -- "Contractor employees affected by beryllium dust," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Nov 18, 1999ELMORE -- "Forum draws vocal crowd in Elmore," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Nov 15, 1999WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "White House: Pay victims of beryllium," Jack Torry, Toledo Blade
Nov 15, 1999ELMORE -- "Coalition to convene Nov 17 public hearing on health and pollution concerns at Brush Wellman," press advisory
Nov 14, 1999ELMORE -- "Ex-worker says Brush wanted him silenced," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Nov 10, 1999ELMORE -- "Brush plant loses fourth contractor," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Nov 5, 1999TOLEDO -- "Door firm pulls workers out of Brush plant," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Nov 3, 1999RICHLAND, WA -- "Nuke Site Workers Report Ailments," Associated Press
Oct 28, 1999TOLEDO -- "Beryllium probe wins national honor," Toledo Blade
Oct 26, 1999TOLEDO -- "Activist attack on Brush expanded," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Oct 26, 1999TOLEDO -- "Victim who died to get service award," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Oct 24, 1999OAK HARBOR -- "Beryllium tragedy strikes Oak Harbor family again," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Oct 12, 1999LORAIN -- "Lorain council considers beryllium ban ," Associated Press
Oct 9, 1999TOLEDO -- "Eleven more workers fall ill in four months," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Sep 5, 1999TOLEDO -- "Federal action is pursued for beryllium cases," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Sep 4, 1999PADUCAH, KY -- "Memo mentions highly toxic metal at plant," Associated Press
Sep 3, 1999TOLEDO -- "Subcontractors face beryllium risk," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Sep 3, 1999WASHINGTON, DC -- "Lawmaker wants beryllium compensation plan expanded" Associated Press
Aug 22, 1999TOLEDO -- "Lemke's death invigorates beryllium crusaders" Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Aug 19, 1999ELMORE -- "Worker, a key to beryllium scrutiny, dies" Molly Ball and Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Aug 8, 1999"TOLEDO -- Beryllium fears on the rise among contractors" Sam Roe, Toledo Blade
Jul 28, 1999CLEVELAND -- "Ohio Citizen Action asks Gore: Why is the secret beryllium deal still in effect?" release; Questions Ohio Citizen Action gave Vice President Al Gore at a July 29, 1999 campaign stop in Cleveland (No answers yet).
Jul 28, 1999WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "U.S. begins second beryllium probe," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade.
Jul 23, 1999CLEVELAND -- "Brush to test Pennsylvania workers for beryllium," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade.
Jul 16, 1999WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Aid to beryllium victims marks 'new era' in U.S.," Sam Roe, Text of Clinton's beryllium statement, "Workers encouraged but remain skeptical," Jeffrey Cohan, Toledo Blade; "Aid to Atomic Weapons Workers," David Brown, Washington Post.
Jul 15, 1999WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "U.S. starts bid to pay victims of beryllium," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade; "Richardson Unveils Health Initiative for DOE Workers," U.S. Department of Energy press release.
Jul 14, 1999ELMORE -- "U.S. inspects Brush plant," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade.
Jul 8, 1999TUCSON, AZ -- "Beryllium lawsuit dismissed; no intent to harm, judge says," Associated Press.
Jun 30, 1999TOLEDO -- "An opportunity forfeited," editorial, Toledo Blade.
Jun 16, 1999TOLEDO -- "Environmentalists seek new beryllium safeguards," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade.
Jun 9, 1999TOLEDO -- "Increased beryllium protection promised," Sam Roe, Toledo Blade.
Mar 28-Apr 2, 1999Toledo Blade's superb series on Brush Wellman, titled "Deadly Alliance: How government and industry chose weapons over workers".

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