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December 17, 2012

Former Manhattan Project workers in Beverly may get payments

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The Metal Hydrides site, also known as Ventron after the company that later operated there, is located on Congress Street near the Beverly-Salem bridge in the Goat Hill neighborhood. The company’s three buildings were demolished between 1948 and 1950. The land was slated to be developed for condominiums but has been vacant for years.

Kathy Demers, who was born after her father worked at Metal Hydrides, said she hopes the decision clears the way for her and her sister to receive compensation. She considered the government’s earlier rejection of their claim “a slap in the face.”

“It was just really frustrating with all that my father went through,” Demers said. “It’s just unfortunate that he’s not alive to be compensated himself.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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