News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Bolingbrook, Illinois, September 5, 2019

BOLINGBROOK, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Joint Outreach Task Group will provide information about the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act on September 5, 2019.  

WHAT: Outreach Event on Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act Benefits
The event will include presentations for claimants and authorized representatives. 

WHERE: Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel
205 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

WHEN: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Presentation: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT
Staff availability: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT

WHO: Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), including the Offices of the Ombudsman for both the Department of Labor and NIOSH, will provide information on their program, answer questions, provide claim status updates, and help individuals file new claims.

"The U.S. Department of Labor encourages all former nuclear weapons workers and their families living in Illinois to attend this event and learn more about the benefits they may be entitled to under the Act. Interested individuals can either file a claim at the event or obtain information about existing claims," said Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Director Rachel P. Leiton.
Covered facilities in the state of Illinois include:

The event is open to the public. Services are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more or schedule a claim-filing appointment, call the Paducah Resource Center at 866-534-0599.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act provides lump-sum compensation and medical benefits to current and former nuclear weapons workers whose illness is the result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. The program has paid more than $225 million in compensation and medical benefits to claimants living in Illinois, and more than $16.6 billion nationwide.

The Mission of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is to protect the interests of workers who are injured or become ill on the job, their families and their employers by making timely, appropriate, and accurate decisions on claims, providing prompt payment of benefits and helping injured workers return to gainful work as early as is feasible.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Date
August 23, 2019
Release Number
19-1409-NAT
Contact: Laura McGinnis
Contact: Denisha Braxton
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