Apr 4, 2011
The 228 workers, members of the United Steelworkers, locked out at Honeywell’s Metropolis, Illinois plant are suffering from cancer at a high rate as a result of handling uranium. Twenty-seven workers have a cancer diagnosis, and about 42 have died of various cancers over the past 20 years. Workers expect the job to take 10 years off their lives. The union has estimated that 128,000 residents within a 25-mile radius would be “catastrophically impacted” if as little as one-sixth of the plant’s dangerous hydrofluoric acid gas were released.