WASHINGTON (REPRINTED) — The U.S. Department of Labor is notifying all former employees of Tennessee Eastman Corp. and Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corp. who were employed at the Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge, Tenn., about a new class of employees added to the Special Exposure Cohort of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to workers who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified workers also may be entitled to benefits.
A worker who is included in a designated SEC class of employees, and who is diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of causation under the EEOICPA. On May 11, 2012, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: all employees of Tennessee Eastman Corp. from 1943 through 1947 and the Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corp. from 1947 through 1949 who were employed at the Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge from Jan. 1, 1943, through Dec. 31, 1949, for at least 250 workdays occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with workdays within other classes of employees in the SEC. This designation became effective on June 10, 2012. The Labor Department’s role is to adjudicate these claims based on the new SEC class definition as determined and introduced by HHS.
To date, $2.9 million in EEOICPA compensation and medical benefits has been paid to 41 Clinton Engineer Works claimants, while more than $8.2 billion has been paid nationwide. For additional information about the new Clinton Engineer Works SEC or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact the department’s Oak Ridge Resource Center toll-free at 866-481-0411.