EEOICPA/RECA Issues

Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health Established

On Aug. 1, 2013, Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) reintroduced their bipartisan plan to create an independent advisory panel to help Cold War workers get the help they need as a result of exposure to radiation.

In April 2016, the Secretary of Labor announced the members of the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). The Advisory Board is mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which amended EEOICPA and created the Advisory Board.

The board consists of 15 members from the science, medical and claimant communities and is chaired by Steven Markowitz, M.D. from Queens College, CUNY School of Public Health.

The board will advise the Secretary of Labor on the following aspects of the EEOICPA program:

  • The site exposure matrices of the Department of Labor
  • Medical guidance for claims examiners with respect to weighing the medical evidence of claimants
  • Evidentiary requirements for claims related to lung disease
  • The work of industrial hygienists, staff physicians and consulting physicians of the Department of Labor and reports of such hygienists and physicians to ensure quality, objectivity, and consistency

To visit the Advisory Board website, click here.

For a list of board members, meeting times and other information, click here.

RECA Expansion Bill Reintroduced

A bill has been introduced by a bi-partisan group of Senators which would expand coverage for uranium workers and those downwind of nuclear tests. ┬áPlease click here to read a press release from Senator Mark Udall’s office (CO), or view a PDF of the┬áPress Release.