Lake Ontario Ordnance Works
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Lake Ontario Ordnance Works (LOOW) was a 7,500-acre military installation in Niagara County, New York. It was located 9.5 miles north of Niagara Falls. LOOW was purchased during World War II by the Department of Defense as a location for the manufacturing of TNT. The Lake Ontario Ordnance Works produced 42 million pounds of TNT in a nine-month period. Operations stopped in 1943 and storage and production areas were constructed, including waste treatment facilities, dormitories, a power plant, and an emergency medical facility. In 1944, a 1,500-acre portion of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works was deemed the Niagara Falls Storage Site and was used to store radioactive waste. In the years 1944 to 1952, plenty of radioactive waste was dumped at the Niagara Falls Storage Site.
In the 1950s, a surface-to-air missile base was built on the northern edge of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works. The missile base was closed in 1966 and the United States Air Force used the space to conduct communications research. Until the year 1971, boron was manufactured in the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works’ building 401. That same year, the New York State Department of Health restricted land use inside the Niagara Falls Storage Site.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Lake Ontario Ordnance Works are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Not only were workers subject to radiation and nuclear waste, but they were also exposed to asbestos. Asbestos coated pipes in steam and chemical lines. Boilers were insulated with asbestos block insulation. Asbestos was used as a packing material and incorporated into gaskets. Corrugated asbestos boards were utilized for siding and roofing material at the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works.
Asbestos is dangerous because its fibers are extremely fragile and break easily into tiny particles that your body’s air filtration system can’t trap and expel. When asbestos gets into your lungs and stays there, it can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Risk of diagnosis increases with the length of time that a person has been exposed although even short exposures can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. The most common causes of asbestos exposure are in the workplace or from products in the home. Spouses and family members of workers could also be exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from the clothing the workers wore home from job sites like Lake Ontario Ordnance Works.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is diagnosed between 2,500 and 3,000 times each year. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Although most companies knew that asbestos was dangerous, they continued to allow their employees to work with and around asbestos without protective gear until the late 1970s.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized asbestos attorneys have extensive experience fighting for families and workers exposed to asbestos. We are proud to have secured more than $1 billion so far for asbestos victims and their families.
We are ready to help you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, where we will review your claim and discuss all your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any legal fees upfront and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.