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For Immediate Release June 14, 2001
Media Contact: Bill Taylor (803) 725-2889

 

DOE & DOL Hold Public Meetings For Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation Program At

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Aiken SC (June 14, 2001) - The U.S. Departments of Labor and Energy will hold two public meetings at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 at the North Augusta Community Center, North Augusta, SC, for employees and families who may be eligible for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Passed in October 2000, the law will provide $150,000 in lump-sum compensation as well as related medical expenses to workers who became seriously ill from exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working in the nuclear weapons industry for the Department of Energy, including its contractors and subcontractors. Compensation will also be available to some survivors and to uranium employees who are eligible for benefits under Section Five of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

What:      Public meeting to explain the Energy Employees Occupational Illness
                 Compensation Program Act

When:       1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 19th

Where:      North Augusta Community Center 110 Brookside Ave. North Augusta, SC

Information about the law can be found on the Labor Department’s website at www.dol.gov.

Note to Editors and News Directors:
Representatives from the Labor Department’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program task force and the Department of Energy Office of Worker Advocacy will be available for interviews between 11-11:30 a.m. on June 19 at the North Augusta Community Center. Please contact Bill Taylor at 803-725-5426

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