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Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC)

Town Hall Meetings in Livermore, California and Emeryville, California

Joint Outreach Task Group (JOTG) Hosts Town Hall Meetings in Livermore, California, and Emeryville, California, to assist Nuclear Weapons Workers – On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, the JOTG held meetings in Livermore, California and Emeryville, California to provide current and former nuclear weapons workers with information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), including those who worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. The JOTG consists of delegates from the Division of Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation (DEEOIC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DOE’s Former Worker Screening Program, U. S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Ombudsman for the EEOICPA, and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Delegates from each agency presented pertinent information in reference to their perspective agencies and the services they provide to former and current employees. Rhonda Chappelle, Chief, Branch of Outreach and Technical Assistance (BOTA), presented an overview of Parts B and E of the EEOICPA program; Malcolm Nelson, Ombudsman for EEOICPA, provided helpful information to the attendees in regards to issues they may have with their Part B or Part E claims. Jonathan Corbin, Outreach and Clinical Coordinator with the Former Worker Medical Screening Program (FWMSP) organized the event and presented information regarding the Worker Health Protection Program and how the program assists former and current DOE Production workers with medical screenings. Greg Lewis, Director of DOE’s Office of Worker Screening and Compensation Support was present to answer questions on behalf of DOE. Grady Calhoun, Health Physicist with NIOSH was present to answer questions regarding the dose reconstruction process.

Carolyn Robinson, BOTA Program Support Specialist represented the DEEOIC National Office. Darius Radvila, Senior Claims Examiner with the Seattle district office provided status updates on existing claims. Joe Krachenfels from the California Resource Center was present to take claims.

Our records show that 108 individuals attended the event. The Seattle district office performed 5 status updates, and the California Resource Center staff filed 16 new claims on behalf of individuals who may qualify for benefits under the EEOICPA.

For additional information about these town hall meetings or to obtain copies of the presentations given at the meetings, call toll-free at (866) 888-3322 or visit the DEEOIC website at http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy.