Open house to help Hanford workers file medical claims

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Richland, Washington, and two town hall meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Spokane, Washington, to notify current and former nuclear weapons employees who worked at two covered facilities in Richland about the benefits available to them under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Survivors of qualified workers also may be entitled to benefits. EEOICPA is administered by the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, part of the Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

At the open house in Richland, current and former workers are invited to visit DEEOIC’s table and speak to representatives about the EEOICPA and the benefits available under the program. Representatives from the Joint Outreach Task Group, of which DEEOIC is a member, will also be available to answer questions. Other participating members of the Joint Outreach Task Group include: the Department of Energy’s Former Worker Medical Screening Program, the Center for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Ombudsman to NIOSH under the EEOICPA, and the Labor Department’s Office of the Ombudsman for the EEOICPA.

At the two town hall meetings in Spokane, a DEEOIC representative will present an overview of Parts B and E of the EEOICPA. Representatives from the JOTG will also be presenting information about their programs. An audience question and answer session will follow.

To date, $875 million in EEOICPA compensation and medical benefits has been paid to 7,972 individuals living in Washington, and $10.7 billion has been paid nationwide. The two covered U.S. Department of Energy facilities located in Washington include the Hanford Plant and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, both located in Richland. The Labor Department began administering Part B of the EEOICPA on July 31, 2001. Part B covers current and former workers who have been diagnosed with cancer, beryllium disease or silicosis, and whose illness was caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working directly for the Department of Energy, a department contractor or subcontractors, a designated Atomic Weapons Employer or a beryllium vendor. Part E, created by an amendment to the EEOICPA on Oct. 28, 2004, provides federal compensation and medical benefits to Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors who worked at covered facilities and developed an illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances.

Staff from DEEOIC’s Seattle district office and Hanford resource center will also be available at each event to assist individuals with filing new claims under the EEOICPA and to provide updates on existing claims. These meetings are open to the public and pre-registration is not required. For additional information contact the department’s Hanford resource center toll free at 888-654-0014.

DATE, TIME & LOCATION: Tuesday, Aug. 26
1 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT
Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House
802 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99352

DATE, TIME & LOCATION: Wednesday, Aug. 27
First session: noon PDT
Second session: 6 p.m. PDT
(The same presentation will be given at both meetings)
Spokane Falls Community College
Student Union Building (#17), Room 102
3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224