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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: 11-0868-NEW

US Department of Labor notifies former Linde Ceramics Plant employees of inclusion in new EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort designation

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying former workers of Linde Ceramics Plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., 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 21, 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 a the Linde Ceramics Plant, an Atomic Weapons Employer, in Tonawanda from Jan. 1, 1954, through Dec. 31, 1969, 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 21. The Labor Department’s role is to adjudicate these claims based on the new SEC class definitions as determined and introduced by HHS.

To date, more than $28.3 million in compensation and medical benefits has been paid to 288 eligible Linde Ceramics Plant claimants under the EEOICPA, while more than $7 billion in compensation and medical benefits has been paid nationwide. For additional information about the new SEC or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the department’s New York Resource Center toll-free at 800-941-3943.

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