Program For Sick Nuclear Workers Pays Out Nearly $554M in Tenn.

Oak Ridge, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal fund established to compensate workers made sick by cold war-era nuclear operations has paid out more than half a billion dollars in claims from Tennessee.

Most of the Tennessee cases involve former employees of the government's Oak Ridge complex, particularly the K-25 uranium-enrichment plant. Thousands of claims are still pending.

The Labor Department's Oak Ridge Resource Center, which helps families with their applications, receives about 30 new claims each week.

The government recently granted special status to two additional groups of Oak Ridge workers, making it easier for them to collect from the fund, which was created by Congress in 2000.

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