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ESA News Release: [05/20/2004]
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Contact Name: orma Conrad
Phone Number: (816) 426-5491
Release Number: OWCP/04-941-KAN

Traveling Resource Center will be in Ames, Iowa Area to Provide Information on the EEOICPA

AMES, Iowa — A joint U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Traveling Resource Center will be in the Ames area during the week of June 21st to assist individuals with filing claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Representatives from the Departments of Labor and Energy will also be on hand to answer specific questions about the program.

The EEOICPA became effective on July 31, 2001 and provides two different types of assistance in which eligibility and benefits differ in each program. The DOL administers the Part B program, which provides a lump sum compensation of up to $150,000 and payment of medical expenses to current and former DOE employees and DOE contractor employees who suffer from specific diseases — radiogenic cancers, beryllium disease and chronic silicosis. Qualified survivors of deceased covered employees are also eligible for the lump sum compensation benefit.

Part D of the EEOICPA, which is administered by DOE, helps DOE contractor employees or their survivors apply for state workers compensation benefits for job-related illnesses caused by workplace toxic exposures. Toxin-related illnesses could include such diseases as: asbestosis, liver disease, nervous system disorders, non-cancerous respiratory or kidney disease, heavy metal poisoning, and certain reproductive disorders.

Iowa is home to four facilities listed by DOE as nuclear weapons producers: Ames Laboratory, Bendix Aviation (Pioneer Division), Iowa Ordnance Plant, and Titus Metals. Ames Laboratory is located on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, Iowa.

Workers or survivors who need help filling out claim forms can schedule appointments at the Traveling Resource Center by calling, toll-free, (800) 861-8608, or drop in during the hours listed below.

Time and Date:
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., June 22-24

Hampton Inn
1400 South Dayton Avenue
Ames, IA 50010