The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Paducah, Kentucky
Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Resource Center open to help DOE workers file claims


EDITOR: My thanks to all of the news media for your coverage of the grand opening of the Energy Employees Compensation Resource Center. Also, thank you for your recent editorial concerning Labor Secretary Elaine Chao delivering on her promises to move quickly to help the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant workers, their families and survivors.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was passed in October 2000 and goes into effect on July 31, 2001. It provides $150,000 in lump-sum compensation, as well as related medical expenses, to workers who are seriously ill because of exposures while working for the Department of Energy. This includes contractors, subcontractors and other employees who worked at facilities and whose work involved radioactive material that was connected to the weapons production chain.

The Paducah Compensation Resource Center has trained case workers who are available to assist individuals in filing their claims with the Department of Labor. We also have a list of covered facilities (other than the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant) where workers were exposed. In addition, our office will help file state workers' compensation claims for workers who have, or develop, occupational diseases not covered in the EEOICPA but are found to be caused by exposure to toxic substances at DOE facilities.

Our office is located at the Barkley Center, 125 Memorial Drive, in Paducah. The office hours are 8:30 to 5, Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 270-534-0599. We provide a friendly atmosphere with case workers eager to assist claimants with the filing process.

STEWART TOLAR

Manager

Paducah Compensation Resource Center