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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

ESA News Release: [04/01/2002]
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Contact Name: Quinta Buker
Phone Number: 202-693-0399
Release Number: III-03-04-01-030-WP

Traveling Resource Center to Serve Nuclear Weapons Workers in Pittsburg Area Planned for Week of April 28

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — A joint U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Traveling Resource Center will visit the Western Pennsylvania/ Pittsburgh area during the week of April 28. Representatives will be on hand to provide information and to assist individuals with filing claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA.)

DOL and DOE officials will present an overview of the program at two Town Hall Meetings on Monday, April 28, scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. In addition, workers who need assistance filling out claim forms may schedule appointments at the Traveling Resource Center by calling, toll-free, (866) 363-6993, or may drop in during the hours listed below. The meetings and the resource center will be held at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington.

TIME DATE:
Town Hall Meeting
April 28
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Resource Center Hours
April 29-May 1
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Clarion Hotel, 300 Tarentum Bridge Road
New Kensington, PA 15068 (724) 335-9171

The EEOICPA became effective July 31, 2001 and provides two different types of assistance.

The Department of Labor administers the program that provides up to $150,000 and payment of medical expenses for current and former DOE employees and DOE contractor employees or their qualified survivors who became ill by their exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica. Covered conditions include radiogenic cancers, beryllium diseases and chronic silicosis.

The Department of Energy program helps DOE contractor employees apply for state workers compensation benefits, if it is determined by an independent physicians panel that the worker sustained an illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a DOE facility. Benefits for successful claimants vary from state to state, but are generally a portion of lost wages plus reimbursement of medical costs.

The following DOE, atomic weapons employer (AWE) and beryllium vendor (BE) facilities are in Western Pennsylvania: Aliquippa Forge (AWE); Aluminum Co. of America (AWE); C.H. Schnoor (AWE); Carnegie Institute of Technology (AWE); Foote Mineral Co. (AWE, BE); Heppenstall Co. (AWE); Jessop Steel Co. (AWE); Koppers Co. (AWE); McDanel Refractory Co. (BE); Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp., Apollo (AWE, BE); Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (AWE); Shippingport Atomic Power Plant (DOE); Superior Steel Co. (AWE); U.S. Steel Co., National Tube Division (AWE); Vitro Manufacturing, Canonsburg (AWE); Westinghouse Atomic Power Development Plant (AWE); and Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels Division (AWE).