PRESS

Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environmental Safety and Security


PRESS RELEASE:
Not to be released until Thursday Feb 28th 6:30 p.m.

For further information contact:
Vina Colley 740-259-4688 or while in Washington call Hotel 703-979-9799
Glenn Bell 865-482-7641, Harry Williams 865-693-7249, Don Throgmorton 270-554-6638

EEOICP REPORT CARD

In 2000 the Department of Energy admitted placing workers in harm's way, and offered to rectify past sins.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act Plan (EEOCIPA) resulted from Congressional Hearings, National Economic Council Reports, Community meetings, and other sources. After strong bipartisan discussion, the Plan was passed. It was not what workers considered adequate justice, but was a start. Is it working? Here are some comments:

  • Not enough illnesses are covered. Health effects from exposure to FLORIDES, Depleted Uranium, UF6, chemical exposure, heavy metals, and other "toxic soups" encountered in the many sites should receive equal status with Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD), cancers, and silica exposure.

    Some materials, such as uranium, pose a heavy-metal risk in addition to the Radioactive risk. This is not necessarily a cancer risk but is a health risk That should be compensated. There is other hazard materials like fluorides, Beryllium, and silica; which can accumulate in the lymph nodes stimulation cytokine's from the foreign materials effect. Insoluble materials like Uranium oxides, fluoride compounds, and beryllium oxide concentrate in the Sentinel lymph node macrophages causing a foreign body response. The Macrophage cells emit inflammatory cytokines. Granoloma are formed and foreign Body response from macrophage cytokine's. Studies that show high concentrations into the lymph nodes via actions of Macrophages. REFERENCES ATTACHED:

  • The lump sum is inadequate, compare the $150K to the terrorist victims' fund.

  • Problems in acceptance of obvious qualifiers is a becoming common. Verified cases of CBD and Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) cancer victims have been denied or delayed by the Department of Labor final adjudication board. DOL appears to be finding loopholes to deny claims, due to semantics, poor records, and the discounting of expert diagnoses. This hurts the credibility of these experts in their field, as well as that of the labs performing the specialized testing.

  • The DOL implementation does not follow the Federal Register orders, or the intent of Congress, as stated in the introduction to the EEOCIPA. The DOL interpretation is inaccurate, and being applied haphazardly. The intent of Congress, as stated in the Act, is based on the premise that, if the illnesses were "as likely as not" work-related, the burden of proof would be on the government, not the claimant. The DOL appears to take an opposite, and more narrow approach, and is not responsive to the claimants, medical professionals, and other knowledgeable individuals who are working to see this imperfect plan work as well as possible.

  • As confusing and frustrating as these claims are, the cases which must go for dose reconstruction, or fall under States' Workers' Compensation programs, will be even more of a nightmare. Non-existent records and variations in state comp rules will assure confusion and unfair treatment of these qualifiers.

  • At present, the EEOCIPA implementation is dysfunctional, and not following the letter of the law or intent of Congress. As such, the implementation of the Act must receive a D-for efforts to date. Hopefully, communication will improve, and the plan becomes functional, as Congress intended. 2-20-02

References:

Harley, N. H., Foulkes, E. C., Hilborne, L. H., Hudson, A., Anthony, C. R., (1999). A Review of the Scientific Literature As It Pertains to Gulf War Illness, Volume 7, Depleted Uranium. RAND report.

Kniazhev, V. A., Umnikova, N. M., (1975), Toxicology of high-fired beryllium oxide inhaled by rodents. II. Metabolism and early effects, Arch Environ Health 30(11): 546-551.

Kathren, R. L., Strom, D.J., Sanders, C. L., Filipy, R. E., McInroy, J. F., Bistline, R. E., (1993) Distribution of Plutonium and Americium in Human Lungs and Lymph Nodes and Relationship to Smoking Status, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Vol. 48(4): p 307-315.

"Immunology", By Janis Kuby,ISBNO-7167-2643-2 1994 Ref on cytokines being generated by macrophages page 304 Lymphy nodes composed of macrohages page 74 Granuloma process page 495