Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA)
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) began on July 31, 2001 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) implementation of Part B. Part E implementation began on October 28, 2004.k.
Part B of the EEOICPA
Part B of the EEOICPA provides lump-sum compensation of $150,000 and medical benefits to current and former workers who have been diagnosed with cancers, beryllium disease, or chronic silicosis and whose illnesses were caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while working directly for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), its contractors or subcontractors, a designated Atomic Weapons Employer, or a beryllium vendor. Under Part B, compensation of $50,000 and payment of medical expenses from the date a claim is filed is available to uranium workers (or their survivors) previously awarded benefits by the Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
Part E of the EEOICPA
Part E of the EEOICPA provides federal compensation and medical benefits to DOE contractor and subcontractor employees who worked at covered facilities and developed an illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances. Under Part E, monetary compensation of up to $250,000 per employee may be available for the employee’s whole-body impairment and/or wage loss due to an accepted condition.
Under the EEOICPA, if the employee is no longer living, survivors of qualified workers may also be entitled to benefits.
Contact a DEEOIC Resource Center
DOL established 11 Resource Centers nationwide to assist workers and their families apply for benefits under the EEOICPA. The Resource Center staff provides valuable information about the claims process to claimants and assists claimants in completing the necessary forms to file an EEOICPA claim. The Resource Center staff can provide assistance either in-person or over the telephone, and thus is able to assist individuals who are outside the immediate geographical area. You can find the complete list of Resource Centers, including regional jurisdictions, contact information, and toll-free numbers at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/energy or call toll-free at (866) 888-3322. The DEEOIC Resource Center to contact in your area is: