Belluck & Fox has represented many workers involved in the construction of the Shoreham Nuclear Power plant and tried the only case involving exposure at the Shoreham plant resulting in a multimillion dollar settlement.
History of LILCO (Shoreham)
In 1964, John J. Tuohy, the president of the Long Island Lighting Company, announced the plan to build the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. The plant would later be known for being the first planned commercial nuclear power plant on Long Island. LILCO bought a 455-acre site in East Shoreham, an area that was not densely populated. The LILCO plant was planned to produce 540 megawatts and would cost around $70 million. In 1968, the designs for production of the Shoreham plant grew from 540 to 820 megawatts. In 1973, the Shoreham plant received an operating license from the Atomic Energy Commission. The Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant was built between 1973 and 1989 and was completed with a General Electric type 5 boiling water reactor that used Mark II containment. In 1989, after much debate concerning the safety of the plant, Governor Cuomo and LILCO announced that they were going to decommission it. The Long Island Power Authority, which was led by Richard Kessel, was created in 1986 to purchase the plant from LILCO. In 1992, the Long Island Power Authority bought the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant for one dollar and closed it. The Shoreham plant was the first commercial nuclear power plant in the US to be dismantled. In 1994, the plant was decommissioned entirely.
LILCO Plant Workers Injuries
Unfortunately, laborers who worked at the plant inhaled asbestos dust while working on constructing nuclear reactors, insulating pipe, and installing various machinery like pumps and valves. Many individuals who worked at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant are just now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer.
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.
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