The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was enacted in October 2000. It was enacted to compensate individuals who worked in nuclear weapons production and as a result of occupational exposures contracted certain illnesses. EEOICPA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 30, 2000. The EEOICPA also provide energy employees occupational illness compensationto individuals (or their eligible survivors) awarded benefits by the Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
Part E of the EEOICPA (enacted October 28, 2004) compensates DOE contractor and subcontractor employees, eligible survivors of such employees, and uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters as defined by RECA Section 5, for any occupational illnesses that are causally linked to toxic exposures in the DOE or mining work environment.
PART B and PART E Benefit programs
Part B of the EEOICPA, effective on July 31, 2001, compensates current or former employees (or their survivors) of the Department of Energy (DOE), its predecessor agencies, and certain of its vendors, contractors and subcontractors, who were diagnosed with a radiogenic cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity, or chronic silicosis, as a result of exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while employed at covered facilities.
Part E provides eligible employees or survivors with compensation payments up to a maximum amount of $250,000, plus medical expenses for accepted conditions. The amount of benefits paid up to the $250,000 is based on the level of impairment and/or years of qualifying wage loss related to the covered illness. Part B and Part E of the EEOICPA have separate and distinct criteria for eligibility under the Act.
The DOE provides worker and facility records and data to the DOL to help in their decision-making and in support of the administration of the Programming Act of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation. In addition, DOE maintains a list of facilities covered under the EEOICPA.