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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

OWCP News Release: [11/16/2009]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Michael Volpe

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-3984
Release Number: 09-1387-NEW

US Department of Labor notifies former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works employees of possible inclusion in Special Exposure Cohort EEOICPA designation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all Lake Ontario Ordnance Works employees who worked there between 1944 and 1953 that they may now be part of a new class of employees added to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act’s (EEOICPA) Special Exposure Cohort (SEC). The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified employees may also be entitled to benefits.

An employee who is included in a designated SEC class of employees, and who is diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of causation under the EEOICPA. The new cohort class of former employees includes all employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and Energy Department contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Ordnance Works in Niagara Falls, N.Y., for a number of workdays aggregating at least 250 between Jan. 1, 1944, and Dec. 31, 1953, or in combination with workdays within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the SEC.

To date, more than $5.2 billion in compensation and medical benefits has been paid to eligible claimants nationwide under the EEOICPA and $1.3 million in compensation and medical benefits has been paid to former Ordnance Works employees and their survivors. For additional information about the new cohort classification or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the Labor Department’s New York Resource Center toll-free at 800-941-3943.

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