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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

ESA News Release: [06/05/2005]
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Contact Name: Michael Shimizu
Phone Number: (206) 553-7620
Release Number: 05-1064-SEA (05-70)

Labor Department Holds Town Hall Meetings in Richland, Wash., to Explain New Energy Workers Compensation Program

RICHLAND, Wash. — Labor officials will hold a series of Town Hall meetings to explain the Interim Final Regulations and other issues related to the implementation of Part E under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

Workers or survivors of workers who need assistance filling out claim forms may schedule appointments following the town hall meeting or may call toll-free, (888) 654-0014.

Recent EEOICPA amendments abolished Part D and created Part E to provide compensation for certain Department of Energy (DOE) contractor or subcontractor employees who became ill as a result of exposure to toxic substances at certain DOE facilities. The new law also provides additional compensation for uranium workers covered by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and certain survivors of covered employees.

Congress mandated that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issue regulations governing implementation of Part E. To speed the start-up of the new program prior to issuing those regulations, DOL identified survivors payable under preliminary procedures issued in December 2004. To date, more than $61 million has been paid to over 480 recipients under the new program. With the May 26 release of Interim Final Regulations, DOL is now able to undertake benefit analysis for complex claims, including wage loss and impairment evaluations.

DATE & TIME:
June 28 at 7 p.m.
June 29 at 1 p.m.

LOCATION:
Red Lion Hotel
Richland Hanford House
802 George Washington Way
Richland, WA