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July 23, 2010 — 21 Facilities Added to EEOICPA Site Exposure Matrice

Dear Congressional Staff:

The Department of Labor recently announced that an additional 21 Department of Energy facilities are now available in the expanded format on the public Site Exposure Matrices (SEM) website. These sites now join the original 48 sites released on May 14. The system is available online at www.sem.dol.gov.

  1. Albany Research;
  2. Amchitka Island Nuclear Explosion Site;
  3. Argonne National Laboratory – East;
  4. Battelle National Laboratories – King Avenue;
  5. Battelle National Laboratories – West Jefferson;
  6. Beryllium Production Plant (Brush Luckey Plant);
  7. Hanford;
  8. High Energy Rate Forging Facility;
  9. Huntington Pilot Plant;
  10. Los Alamos National Laboratory;
  11. Mound;
  12. Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE);
  13. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (X-10);
  14. Peek Street Facility;
  15. Piqua Organic Moderated Reactor;
  16. Portsmouth GDP;
  17. Rare Earths/WR Grace;
  18. SAM Laboratories, Columbia University;
  19. Sandia National Laboratories – Albuquerque;
  20. Separations Process Research Unit (at Knolls Lab);
  21. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Following the enactment of Part E in 2004, the Department of Labor launched an effort to create the SEM database to assist claimants in substantiating their Part E claims. Part E of EEOICPA covers all occupational illnesses caused by any of the tens of thousands of toxic substances that have been present in the weapons complex. In addition to exposure data, the SEM contains information documenting confirmed causal relationships between certain toxic substances and diagnosed medical conditions. The SEM was created using information from DOE and records of research from recognized medical authorities maintained by the National Library of Medicine. DOL has supplemented the DOE exposure data by conducting an extensive series of round table meetings with former workers across the country to identify materials they worked with, and via other information supplied by claimants and members of the public. DOL continues to expand the database as new information is received. The resulting database has been an invaluable tool for many claimants who had no means of proving, or even knowing, what toxic substances their family member was exposed to.

For more information regarding DOL's Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, visit http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/ or contact Tony Zaffirini in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at Zaffirini.tony@dol.gov or (202) 693-4600. You may also contact Steve Lerner in the Department of Energy's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 586-5450.