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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

OWCP News Release: [06/08/2011]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Enrique Chaurand

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-4679
Email Address: lawder.jesse@dol.gov   chaurand.enrique@dol.gov
Release Number: 11-0867-SEA

US Labor Department notifies former employees of Wah Chang facility in Oregon of inclusion in new EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort designation

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying former workers of the Wah Chang facility in Albany, Ore., about a new class of employees added to the Special Exposure Cohort of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to workers who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified workers may also be entitled to benefits.

A worker 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. On April 29, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: all employees who worked in any building at the Wah Chang facility, an Atomic Weapons Employer, in Albany from Jan. 1, 1971, through Dec. 31, 1972, for at least 250 workdays occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with workdays within other classes of employees in the SEC. This designation became effective on May 29. The Labor Department’s role is to adjudicate these claims based on the new SEC class definitions as determined and introduced by HHS.

For additional information about the new SEC or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the Labor Department’s Hanford Resource Center in Richland, Wash., toll-free at 888-654-0014.

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