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OWCP News Release: [01/21/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Michael Volpe

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-3984
Release Number: 10-0080-CHI

US Department of Labor notifies former Piqua Reactor Site workers of possible inclusion in new EEOICA Special Exposure Cohort designation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all former Piqua Organic Moderated Reactor Site workers who worked there between May 2, 1966, and Feb. 28, 1969, about 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 workers who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified workers may also be entitled to benefits.

A worker 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 SEC class of former employees includes all employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Piqua Organic Moderated Reactor Site in Piqua, Ohio, during the covered period for at least 250 workdays occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with workdays within other classes of employees in the SEC.

For additional information about the new SEC related to the Piqua Site or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, please contact the Labor Department’s Portsmouth Resource Center toll-free at 866-363-6993.