By Lee Lyon
The Traveling Resource Center associated with the Energy
Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) will be
visiting the Bay Area on:
Monday, June 2, through Thursday, June 5, from 8:30 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. at Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton
You may drop in or make an appointment by calling toll
free 1-866-697-0841 between the hours of
8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. You can also get more information or file a claim
through this number.
SLAC and DOE wish to inform you that you may be eligible
for this important Federal benefits program.
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 (EEOICPA) 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 DOE facility, such as SLAC,
may be eligible for benefits under this Program.
The 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.
The 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 diseases.
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 SLAC workers
file applications or get more information about the EEOICPA program.
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 on the dates and
at the location given above.
Contact: Lee Lyon, Human Resources, Ext. 2238,