By Lee Lyon
I want to inform you of another visit to the Bay Area by
the Traveling Resource Center associated with the Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
SLAC and DOE wish to notify you that you may be eligible
for this important Federal benefits program and how you can apply or get
As a reminder of this program, during the Cold War workers
employed in the nation’s atomic weapons program or other programs may have
been exposed to radioactive and toxic substances. In 2000, Congress passed
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act to
provide assistance to those workers who have become ill as a result of
employment at atomic weapon facilities or other facilities.
Individuals, or their eligible survivors, who were an
employee, contractor or subcontractor at a Department of Energy (DOE)
facility, such as SLAC, may be eligible for benefits under this Program.
Program Administered by the Department of Labor
The federal portion of the EEOICPA, administered by the
Department of Labor (DOL), was enacted to provide compensation to workers
with cancer, beryllium disease or silicosis. Employees, or their
survivors, whose claims are approved may receive a lump-sum payment of
$150,000 and medical benefits for the covered illness.
Program Administered by the Department of Energy
DOE has established independent physician panels of
occupational medicine doctors to review whether workplace toxic exposures
may have caused or contributed to DOE workers’ occupational illnesses. If
there is an affirmative finding, DOE will assist the worker in filing a
claim with the state workers’ compensation program.
Toxic-related illnesses could include: asbestosis, liver
disease, nervous system disorders, non-cancerous respiratory or kidney
disease, heavy metal poisoning, certain reproductive disorders or other
How to Apply or Get More Information
The Departments of Labor and Energy are sponsoring a
Traveling Resource Center to help current, retired, or former workers file
applications or get more information about the EEOICPA program:
Monday March 3
through Thursday March 6
8:30 a.m. to 6:00
5115 Hopyard Road,
Wednesday March 5
and Thursday March 6
8:30 a.m. to 6:00
You may drop in or make an appointment by calling toll
free (866) 697-0841 between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. PST. You can also get more information
or file a claim through this number as well.
If you have any questions about the Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation Act or wish to file an application,
please visit the Traveling Resource Center in Pleasanton or Emeryville on
the dates and at the locations given above.