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