Under the EEOICPA program, Part E provides monetary compensation as well as medical benefits for exposure to a toxic substance at a covered DOE facility which caused, contributed, or aggravated an approved illness. Uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters are also eligible for benefits under Part E if they develop an illness as a result of toxic exposure and worked at a facility covered under Section 5 of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Under Part E, a toxic substance includes radiation, chemicals, solvents, acids and metals.
Workers approved under Part E may be eligible for impairment and/or wage loss compensation up to $250,000. Impairment ratings apply to those with a permanent loss of function of a body part or organ due to a covered illness under EEOICPA. A worker is paid $2,500 for each 1% of impairment up to a maximum of $250,000 for 100% impairment.
Wage-loss compensation is payable for the wages lost as a result of the approved illness. Compensation is based on the years lost prior to his/her Social Security regular retirement age. A formula using the Average Annual Wage (AAW) determines the eligible amount.
Survivor benefits include compensation of at least $125,000. In addition, if the employee sustained wage loss prior to retirement age (usually age 65), additional compensation may be awarded as follows:
- $0 — if the employee had less than 10 years of wage loss
- $25,000 – if the employee had between 10 and 19 years of wage loss
- $50,000 — if the employee had 20 years or more wage loss
Total survivor compensation not to exceed $175,000.