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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

ESA News Release: [04/21/2003]
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Contact Name: Michael Shimizu
Phone Number: 206-553-7620
Release Number: 03-78

Hanford Nuclear Weapons Worker to Receive Check for Dose Reconstructed Claim

HANFORD, WASH. — On April 23, 2003, Deputy Secretary of Labor D. Cameron Findlay, Deputy Secretary of Energy Kyle McSlarrow and a representative of the Department of Health and Human Services will present a check for a dose reconstructed claim in the amount of $150,000 to Thomas J. Keefe, who worked at Hanford as a chemical operator from 1947-1982. Keefes claim is one of the first dose reconstructed claims to be paid out in Hanford.

Mr. Keefe, who is 81, worked for General Electric, Atlantic Richfield Hanford Company and Rockwell Hanford Operation before contracting cancer. The dose reconstruction process validated the probability that exposure to radiation he experienced on the job caused Mr. Keefes cancer. Dose reconstruction is a carefully designed process carried out by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to determine the type and level of radiation to which workers were exposed over their careers.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), administered by the Departments of Labor, Energy, and Health and Human Services began processing claims on July 31, 2001, and to date has paid $3,900,000 to 30 nuclear weapons workers or their survivors at the Hanford Site. Approximately 2,000 Hanford cancer victims and their families have claims currently undergoing dose reconstruction through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2003

TIME:
11:30 A.M.

LOCATION:
RICHLAND FEDERAL BUILDING
ROOM 142
825 JADWIN AVENUE
RICHLAND, WA 99352

CONTACT:
MICHAEL SHIMIZU
(206) 553-7620
COLLEEN CLARK
(509) 373-5985