County hears from SOAR advocate
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Tuesday morning, Massac County Commissioners had the opportunity to hear from Gary VanderBoegh, an advocate for the employees that have worked at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, who is also representing the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) who have worked at Honeywell in Metropolis.

VanderBoegh began by saying he is a former nuclear worker himself and began his own company, Commonwealth Environmental Services, in 2007, and has become an independent advocate for former nuclear workers, noting that in 2008 he had 15 claimants and now he has over 250 and that number is growing.

Joining VanderBoegh at the meeting were Daneen Rutherford, Alton Carter,


Barbara Krempasky, Stanley Kruger and Quinten Hillebrand, members of SOAR and those who have worked at the plant.

According to VanderBoegh, he has begun working with SOAR because there have been nuclear workers who have worked at Honeywell who have had claims denied. Specifically, workers from Honeywell have been denied their Part E claims under the Sick Workers Act. VanderBoegh says in his opinion those claims are not being processed legally.

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