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ESA News Release: [08/04/2005]
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Contact Name: Dolline Hatchett
Phone Number: (202) 693-4650
Release Number: 05-1475-ALT (184)

Labor Department Hosts Town Hall Meetings in St. Petersburg, Fla., to Explain New Energy Workers Compensation Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Labor officials will host a series of town hall meetings to explain the interim final regulations and other issues related to the implementation of Part E under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

Recent EEOICPA amendments abolished Part D and created Part E to provide compensation for certain Department of Energy (DOE) contractor or subcontractor employees who became ill as a result of exposure to toxic substances at specified DOE facilities. The new law also provides additional compensation for uranium workers covered by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and certain survivors of covered employees.

Congress mandated that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issue regulations governing implementation of Part E. To speed the start-up of the new program prior to issuing those regulations, DOL identified survivors payable under preliminary procedures issued in December 2004. To date, more than $78 million has been paid to 624 recipients under the new program. With the May 26 release of interim final regulations, DOL is now able to undertake benefit analysis for complex claims, including wage loss and impairment evaluations.

Workers or survivors of workers who need assistance filling out claim forms may schedule appointments following the town hall meeting or may call toll-free, (866) 666-4606.

August 23 at 7 p.m.
August 24 at 1 p.m.

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
12600 Roosevelt Blvd.
St. Petersburg, Fla.