U.S. Labor Department Pays $500 Million to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Workers Under Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

 
Thursday, June 4, 2009
 
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has paid more than $500 million in compensation and medical benefits to 4,798 current and former employees of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and their survivors under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). The EEOICPA was created to assist individuals who became ill as a result of working in the atomic weapons industry. Survivors of such individuals may also be eligible for benefits.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, located in Paducah, Ky., produced more than one million tons of uranium during the plant's Cold War history.

"Employees of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant sacrificed their health to help the nation build its nuclear defense program. Therefore, I am proud to announce that the Labor Department has paid these deserving individuals more than $500 million in compensation and medical benefits," said Rachel P. Leiton, director of the department's Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, which administers the EEOICPA. "We hope that this aid has assisted in easing the hardships experienced by this community."
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