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OWCP News Release: [10/22/2012]
Contact Name: Adriano Llosa

Phone Number: (202) 693-4686
Email Address: llosa.adriano.t@dol.gov
Release Number: 12-2124-BOS

US Labor Department notifies former Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center employees of inclusion in new EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all former employees of the Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center in Winchester, Mass., 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 also may 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 Aug. 23, 2012, 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 at the Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center in Winchester from Jan. 1, 1952, through Dec. 31, 1961, 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 Sept. 22, 2012. The Labor Department’s role is to adjudicate these claims based on the new SEC class definition as determined and introduced by HHS.

For additional information about the new SEC or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the department’s New York Resource Center toll-free at 800-941-3943.

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