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Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA)

During the Cold War, workers employed in the nationís 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 Department of Energy (DOE) facility.

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Radiation Exposure Compensation Program

As usual with many government programs, this legislation was enacted without fully understanding or exploring the wide variety of groups of individuals who were exposed to radioactive or toxic substances. while employed on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

With respect to the Manhattan Project, there are two glaring omissions involving the legislation.

(1) the number of civilian companies working as sub-contractors to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers was greatly underestimated.  (read more)

(2) Members of the Special Engineer Detachment (SED's) were excluded because they were in the military. (read more)

The DOE initiated the program with the misconceived idea that they would simply enact the legislation and then go about the process of locating and notifying workers who were employed at various designated facilities throughout the United States.  However, it soon became evident that the records of employees who were employed at many of the Manhattan Project sites were virtually non-existent.  Only the military kept fairly accurate records but they were excluded.

If you think that you or a family member may be eligible for compensation under the EEOICPA program, please contact us at EEOICPA SUPPORT

 

 

The Act - Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as Amended - PDF File - 157KB - 20 Pages
Executive Order 13179 - PDF File - 140KB - 4 Pages
H.R. 1758 - To Amend the EEOICPA of 2000 to improve the program benefits for contractor employees.... - PDF File - 240KB - 59 Pages
Final Rule: 42 CFR 81 (Probability of Causation) - PDF File - 184KB - 20 Pages
Final Rule: 42 CFR 82 (Dose Reconstruction) - PDF File - 129KB - 23 Pages
Proposed Rule: 42 CFR 83 (Special Exposure Cohort) - PDF File - 160KB - 18 Pages
HHS Issues Final Rule to Assist Compensation of Nuclear Workers for Job-Related Cancers - PDF File - 69KB - 2 Pages
FR Notice: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations - PDF File - 36KB - 2 Pages

STATEMENT OF DONALD ELISBURG ON BEHALF OF THE AFL-CIO  BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WORKFORCE PROTECTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES  October 30, 2003

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