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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

OWCP News Release: [02/24/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Michael Volpe

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-3984
Release Number: 10-0235-NAT

US Department of Labor to host March 3 town hall meetings in Ronkonkoma, NY, to assist nuclear weapons workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor will host two town hall meetings on March 3 in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., to provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Department officials will present details about a new class of former employees of the Brookhaven National Laboratory recently added to the EEOICPA’s special exposure cohort, as well as an overview of Parts B and E of the EEOICPA. The department’s Traveling Resource Center staff also will be available at the town hall meetings for extended periods of time to assist individuals with the filing of claims under the EEOICPA.

The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. An employee who is included in a designated special exposure cohort group or class of employees, and who is diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of causation under the EEOICPA. The new special exposure exhort class of former employees at the laboratory includes all employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked at the laboratory in Upton, N.Y., from Jan. 1, 1947, to Dec. 31, 1979, for at least 250 workdays occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with workdays within other classes of employees in the special exposure cohort. Survivors of qualified Energy Department employees and that department’s contractor or subcontractor employees who were employed at the laboratory also may be entitled to benefits.

For additional information about the meetings or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, please contact the Labor Department’s New York Resource Center toll-free at 800-941-3943. These meetings are open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

TOWN HALL MEETING
DATES AND TIMES:


March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST

TRAVELING RESOURCE
CENTER TIMES:


March 3 from noon to 9 p.m. EST

LOCATION:

Courtyard by Marriott Long Island MacArthur Airport
5000 Express Drive S.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

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