Summary of the Advisory Board of Toxic Substances and Worker Health meeting April 19-20, 2017 in Richland, Washington

April 24, 2017

The Advisory Board of Toxic Substances and Worker Health met April 19-20, 2017 in Richland, Washington not far from the Hanford Site. The Department of Labor (DOL) presented first. Director Leiton acknowledged that the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) has not yet responded to the bulk of the recommendations made by the… (read more)

Senators Re-Introduce RECA Bill

April 5, 2017

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) has been reintroduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Mike Crapo (ID), Tom Udall (NM), Martin Heinrich (NM), Jim Risch (ID), and Michael Bennet (CO). Currently, RECA provides compensation for only a certain group of individuals who contracted specific diseases caused by radiation exposure. Those currently eligible… (read more)

DOL Changes Policy; Allows Easier Approval for Part E Claims after 1995

March 30, 2017

If you are a worker or survivor who filed a Part E claim, but were denied because your exposure happened after 1995, you should call your claims examiner or local resource center. That’s because the Department of Labor (DOL) has recently reversed its policy of denying most post-1995 claims based on the assumption that levels… (read more)

Advisory Board on Radiation & Worker Health Board Meeting Summary

March 27, 2017

The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health Board held a public meeting in Naperville, Ill. March 22-23, 2017.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Labor (DOL) provided program updates to the Board. NIOSH Update Stuart Hinnefeld, Director of NIOSH’s Division of Compensation… (read more)