In 2000 the U.S. Congress passed the EEOICPA, and provided for a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) workers in certain plants (at the time it was only gaseous diffusion plants in Oak Ridge Tennessee, Portsmouth Ohio, and Paducah Kentucky, but X-10 or ORNL has now been added). The significance of the SEC designation is that an employee, or survivor of an employee, who worked at one of the designated SEC sites, for at least 250 working days, and has been diagnosed with at least one of the 22 specified cancers, is assumed to have contracted that cancer from radiation exposure during the performance of work at the SEC site. Employees, and their survivors, who are not members of an SEC, must have their radiation dose reconstructed to determine if radiation exposure was responsible for their cancer.
Hearing loss can be compensable under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) if such loss arises as a result of exposure to one or more of the organic solvents listed below in conjunction with employment in at least one of certain specified labor categories during a prescribed timeframe.
Great news for EEOICPA claimants! On September 18, 2012, the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health approved the Special Exposure Cohort petition for employees with certain cancers, who worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (X-10), for the period from June 17, 1943 through July 31, 1955.
On July 18, 2011 the Law Offices of Tony Farmer & John Dreiser submitted a petition to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concerning a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) for X-10 employees and their survivors. On August 17, 2012 NIOSH issued a SEC Petition Evaluation Report recommending a new class of employees be afforded Special Exposure Cohort status as follows:
Sick workers from SRS may qualify for EEOICPA and workers' compensation benefits. From 1950 until the late 1980s, the Savannah River Site (SRS) conducted multiple operations that played a vital role in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Of greatest importance were the production of plutonium and tritium. Many facilities were built at SRS to support these production efforts and to address their resulting environmental impacts.
Current and former Savannah River Site (SRS) workers are invited to important town hall meetings on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 for information on injury claims. The meetings that will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC 29803 will discuss rights for injured workers under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA) and state workers' compensation programs.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed the dismissal of a Workers' Compensation claim for being untimely due to a previous filed claim under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). If you or someone you know makes a claim under the EEOICPA, then please consult an attorney immediately to determine any rights you may have under the Workers' Compensation law.