News Releases

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Town Hall for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Paducah, Kentucky

PADUCAH, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Joint Outreach Task Group will host a town hall meeting in Paducah, Kentucky, on June 20, 2019, to discuss 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.

May 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Harrison and Dublin, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor will host two town hall meetings to discuss 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.

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts Event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

OAK RIDGE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to discuss 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. Representatives from the Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will present information on their roles in the program.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Middle Island, New York

MIDDLE ISLAND, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Middle Island, New York, to discuss 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. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will present information on their roles in the program.

February 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulations Implementing Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) announced today the publication of the final rule updating the regulations governing administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA).

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.