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U.S. Department of Labor pays $4.5 billion in benefits under Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act
Date:1/16/2009

rectly for the U.S. Department of Energy, its contractors or subcontractors, designated atomic weapons employers or beryllium vendors. Since 2001, the Labor Department has approved 37,099 claims under the Part B provisions of the act.

Part E, created by an amendment to the act on Oct. 28, 2004, provides federal compensation and medical benefits to contractors and subcontractors of the Department of Energy who worked at covered facilities and sustained an illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances. Under the Labor Department's administration, the Part E benefit payout has already exceeded $1.4 billion and more than 20,266 claims have been approved.

The EEOICPA also provides additional compensation for uranium workers who worked at Section 5 facilities covered by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Certain survivors of nuclear weapons industry workers are also eligible for benefits under Parts B and E. For additional information about how to file a claim under the EEOICPA, call 866-888-3322 toll-free.


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