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Story last updated at 11:39 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2001

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Comments on sick-worker bill

To The Oak Ridger:

It appears the local sick worker group that claims to have led the sick worker compensation bill appeared to have missed getting the needed DOL presents from their president's appearance in the June 27 Parson's Oak Ridger article on the recent compensation meetings.

CHE president Harry Williams and many others found that the bill they led offered little or no help to those with chemical injuries due to exposures from the K-25 chemical processing plant. Perhaps 5 percent of their members found assistance in the low bid DOE compensation bill.

CHE helped play up radiation, beryllium, and other metals, and the massive chemical fluoride exposure problems causing 90 percent of their members ills and connected to K-25 were not emphasized in congressional testimony. Chemical exposures cause illness like CFS that are fully disabling and lead to other, more serious diseases over time due to failing immune system and this is widespread exposure in the CHE-exposed persons.

K-25 has massive toxic fluorides emissions problems that have been connected with health harm to other industries' workers and communities for more than 100 years, yet those that lead the compensation bill appear to have left this off as a problem and it is not included in the bill at levels of the other toxics.

It appears the problems with no compensation presents for "The Exposed" stems from the "Barney Fife" like leadership of CHE. Williams, when he worked for K-25, experienced folks tampering with his gun's trigger pull, not to mention he was going to "lock and load" on some kids trespassing at a nearby church on K-25 land.

He was eventually moved to the training center on Bear Creek Road due to these classical chemical effects on his performance and health.

He eventually became to impaired to perform even this job. These are all the problems connected with chemical injury.

CHE obviously is not well endowed with intellectual direction for prioritization and very chemically challenged, and the failings of CHE to get the compensation job done lies squarely with Harry Williams' leadership role.

He also has a technical adviser that imagines himself a coyote, and their dysfunction is known nationally.

The vulnerable CHE leaders appear to have fallen for a decade-old ORNL plan to hide the dominate fluoride toxic effects from K-25 that poses an extreme liability issue for these plants and their managers that not only failed to protect folks from these toxic problems, but also actively planned to hide the effects.

So goes the plight of the gullible chemically affected sick workers in Oak Ridge as they follow the DOE's planted pied pipers to get bills that look more like con jobs run through Congress.

At any rate, CHE's president looked like a little kid at Christmas with no presents under the tree. He got exactly what he networked for, a radiation compensation bill for workers at a chemical processing plant that were poisoned with fluorides, or essentially nothing.

With true "keystone kop" comedy of errors style, let's all lend an "Atta-boy, Barn" for CHE's help in saving the federal treasury outlay for compensation at a fluoride chemical processing plant.

Atta-boy Harry.

Jim Phelps
Knoxville


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