News Releases

November 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in Lynchburg, Virginia, For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

LYNCHBURG, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host an outreach event on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia, to inform current and former nuclear weapons workers from three covered facilities in the state about the benefits available to them under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Workers' family members may be entitled to benefits and are encouraged to participate. 

August 2, 2018

Twelve Members Appointed to Advisory Board Focused on Health of Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced 12 appointees to the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

July 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

NEW KENSINGTON, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host an outreach event on Aug. 22, 2018, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, to inform current and former nuclear weapons workers from 25 facilities in the state about the benefits available to them under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Workers' family members may be entitled to benefits and are encouraged to participate. 

June 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rule to Update Payment Of Medical Benefits Under Black Lung Benefits Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) has published a final rule under the Black Lung Benefits Act conforming the Department's payment of medical benefits for disabled coal miners to industry standards and streamlining bill-processing procedures.

May 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Events for Uranium Miners and Nuclear Weapons Workers in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Moab, Utah

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host outreach events in June 2018 in Grand Junction, Colorado, and in Moab, Utah, for former and current workers in the uranium mining and nuclear weapons industries. If a uranium mining or nuclear weapons worker is deceased, his or her surviving family members are invited to participate.

April 18, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Rule to Foster Accurate And Prompt Benefit Payments in Longshore Claims

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has adopted new regulations that clarify how maximum and minimum compensation rates apply to claims payable under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and its extensions. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on April 19.

April 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Webpage to Assist Federal Employees In Filing FECA Claims for Injuries Arising Out of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s efforts to assist federal employees in filing 9/11 Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new webpage that provides information on how to file a claim, the key evidence needed to establish a claim, and a section of frequently asked questions and answers. Additional information and links to potential benefits offered by other programs created under the Zadroga Act are also provided.

April 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in Iowa for Ames Lab Workers

AMES, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an outreach event in Ames on April 17, 2018, for former and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors. Federal representatives from the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) will discuss the new Special Exposure Cohort class of employees at the Ames Laboratory.

March 14, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Events for Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor will host outreach events in Bridgeton, Missouri, on March 20 and 21, 2018, for former and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors. Federal representatives will present about the mission of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the medical benefits available to approved claimants under the program.

November 13, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Medical Benefits Meetings In New Mexico for Former and Current Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor will hold informational meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for former and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

August 18, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Medical Benefits Meetings in Arizona for Nuclear Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor will hold informational meetings in Arizona for current and former nuclear weapons workers, or their survivors, on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, will also be discussed.

June 27, 2017

US Department of Labor program for federal workers’ compensation to monitor opioid prescription usage

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has begun instituting procedures aimed at monitoring and managing opioid prescription usage under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. OWCP’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation provides benefits for federal employees who sustain a workplace injury or illness.

March 2, 2017

Resources available for former Amarillo, Texas’ Pantex plant workers

WASHINGTON – Former Pantex plant workers in Amarillo, Texas, may qualify as part of a new worker Special Exposure Cohort class that will simplify filing of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act claims.

January 3, 2017

US Labor Department proposes new rule to modernize medical benefits payments under Black Lung Benefits Act

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has proposed a rule under the Black Lung Benefits Act to modernize the department’s payment of medical treatment benefits for totally disabled coal miners. The rule would more closely align payments with industry standards and streamline bill processing.

October 5, 2016

Assistance available for nuclear weapons workers at West Virginia event

Event: The U.S. Department of Labor will host an outreach event for current and former nuclear weapons workers in Huntington, West Virginia, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Federal representatives will present information at the meeting, about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and the program’s available medical benefits.

August 25, 2016

US Labor Department proposes new rule to foster accurate, prompt benefit payments in longshore claims

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has proposed a new rule to provide clarity regarding maximum and minimum compensation rates for claims payable under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions.

August 3, 2016

Expansions may give former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers easier access to EEOICPA compensation for illnesses

Who: Former employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who worked at the Livermore, California, site may qualify for a presumption of causation if they are included in a designated Special Exposure Cohort class of employees, and have a diagnosis of one of 22 specified cancers.

August 3, 2016

Expansions may give former workers at two Idaho laboratories easier access to EEOICPA compensation for illnesses

Who: Former Argonne National Laboratory-West and Idaho National Laboratory employees in Scoville, Idaho, may qualify for a presumption of causation if they are included in a designated Special Exposure Cohort class of employees, and have a diagnosis of one of 22 specified cancers.

June 16, 2016

Assistance available for nuclear weapons, uranium workers in Grand Junction

Event: The U.S. Department of Labor will host an outreach event for current and former nuclear weapons workers and uranium workers in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. At the meeting, federal representatives will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and the program’s available medical benefits.

June 16, 2016

Assistance available for nuclear weapons and uranium workers in Moab

Event: The U.S. Department of Labor will host an outreach event for current and former nuclear weapons workers and uranium workers in Moab, Utah, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. At the meeting, federal representatives will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and the program’s available medical benefits.