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OWCP News Release: [09/07/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Michael Volpe

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-3984
Release Number: 10-1249-KAN

US Department of Labor notifies former St. Louis Airport Storage Site employees of inclusion in new EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort designation

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all former St. Louis Airport Storage Site employees who worked at the St. Louis, Mo., site for a period of time between 1947 through 1971 about a new class of employees added to the Special Exposure Cohort of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. 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.  On July 14, 2010, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: all employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area and in any job capacity at the St. Louis Airport Storage Site in St. Louis, Mo., from Jan. 3, 1947, through Nov. 2, 1971, for at least 250 workdays occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with workdays within other classes of employees in the SEC. This designation became effective on Aug. 13, 2010. The Labor Department’s role is to adjudicate these claims based on the new SEC class definitions as determined and introduced by HHS. 

To date, more than $6 billion in compensation and medical benefits has been paid nationwide under the EEOICPA.  For additional information about the new SEC at the St. Louis Airport Storage Site or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the Labor Department’s Paducah Resource Center in Kentucky toll-free at 866-534-0599.