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OWCP News Release: [11/10/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder         Michael Volpe

Phone Number: (202) 693-4659     (202) 693-3984
Release Number: 10-1566-CHI

US Department of Labor notifies former Revere Copper and Brass employees of inclusion in new EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort designation

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all former Revere Copper and Brass employees who worked at the site in Detroit, Mich., about a new class of employees added to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act’s Special Exposure Cohort. The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to workers who became ill as 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 Oct. 6, 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 who worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Detroit, Mich., an Atomic Weapons Employer, from July 24, 1943, through Dec. 31, 1954, 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 Nov. 5, 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 $6.3 billion in EEOICPA compensation and medical benefits has been paid nationwide. For additional information about the new SEC at Revere Copper and Brass or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, please contact the Labor Department’s Portsmouth Resource Center in Ohio toll-free at 866-363-6993.