nuclear weaponFormer nuclear weapons workers in Tennessee, Texas and Massachusetts are being notified about three new classes of employees being added to the Special Exposure Cohort of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is notifying former employees of Clarksville Modification Center in Clarksville, Tenn.; Medina Modification Center in San Antonio, Texas; and Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center in Winchester, Mass. Workers included in a designated class, and diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, may receive a presumption of causation under the EEOICPA. To date, the department has paid more than $8.6 billion to eligible workers nationwide.

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.