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 inform you that you may be eligible for this
important Federal benefits program and to let you know how you can apply
or get more information.
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
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.
Program Administered by the Department of Labor (DOL)
The federal portion of the EEOICPA, administered by the 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
Program Administered by DOE
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.
To Apply or Get More Information
The DOL and DOE are sponsoring a Traveling Resource Center to help
current, retired or former SLAC workers file applications or get more
When: Tuesday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to
Where: Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton (925)
You may drop by 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. PST. You can
also get more information or file a claim through this number as well.
For questions or to file an application, visit the Traveling Resource
Center in Pleasanton on the dates and at the locations given above.