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OWCP News Release: [11/16/2009]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Michael Volpe

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-3984
Release Number: 09-1388-BOS

US Department of Labor notifies former Norton Co. employees of possible inclusion in new Special Exposure Cohort designation under EEOICPA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all former Norton Co. employees who worked there between 1945 and 1957 about their possible inclusion in a new class of employees added to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act’s (EEOICPA) Special Exposure Cohort (SEC). The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified employees may also be entitled to benefits.

An employee who is included in a designated SEC class of employees, and who is diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of causation under the EEOICPA. The new cohort class of former employees includes all Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at the Norton Co. in Worcester, Mass., between Jan. 1, 1945, and Dec. 31, 1957, for a number of workdays aggregating at least 250, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with workdays within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the cohort.

To date, more than $5.2 billion in compensation and medical benefits has been paid to eligible claimants nationwide under the EEOICPA. For additional information about the new cohort at the Norton Co. or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, please contact the Labor Department’s New York Resource Center toll-free at 800-941-3943.