How do Potential Beneficiaries Navigate Their Way Around the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program?

Nuclear energy is one of the energy sources that has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions amongst all of the modern energy generation methods. And, as a result, it stands to reason that there more than likely will be an increase in the number of nuclear energy plants being developed to add value to the domestic, industrial, government, and military sectors.

Also, there is currently an upswing in the development of nuclear weapons specifically by countries like Iran and North Korea. The United States, together with other countries, is trying to reduce the likelihood of Iran developing deployable nuclear weapons.

However, this has not stopped the continued use of nuclear energy as a bona fide form of energy generation. Nor has it prevented countries like the USA from continued atomic weapon research and development programs.

Claiming for radiation related illnesses

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA) was brought into fruition by the United Stated Congress on 30 October 2000. In fact, Bill Clinton signed it into law.

This program’s aims, methods, and business model are to compensate employees who have been affected (or injured) by working in the nuclear weaponry and nuclear energy sector. Succinctly stated, radiation sickness is the most common of all the side effects of working with irradiated material on a regular basis.

Additionally, according to www.wikipedia.org, serious nuclear labour issues exist within the global nuclear sector. There is a subculture of workers who are very often undocumented and do the dangerous work that documented workers refuse to do.

Radiation exposure levels are monitored at all nuclear plants, and when workers’ radiation levels get too high, they are not allowed near the nuclear reactors. The undocumented workers, however, move to another nuclear plant that has not kept track of their radiation levels.

Thus, this program has designed with the sole purpose of providing for workers (both documented and undocumented) who developed radiation sickness and are no longer able to work as a result of this illness. Radiation sickness causes three basic, but serious illnesses, namely various cancers, Beryllium Illnesses, and chronic Silicosis.

The EEOICPA is administered by the US Department of Labor. And, as usual a process needs to be followed in order to benefit from this program. Therefore, here are a list of the steps that need to be followed:

  • The first step is to file a claim is to complete the relevant form and submit it, including copies of the supporting documents, to the one of the Department of Labor district offices.
  • When this claim has been submitted, the claimant will receive unique website login details where the claim’s progress can be monitored.
  • Finally, the claimant will be paid a monthly allowance based on the seriousness of the illness, and the resultant inability to return to work.

Final thoughts

As highlighted above, even though nuclear energy production is an ultimate energy resource for the future, it is vital to be cognizant of the dangers of working in a nuclear-related workspace. Furthermore, it is equally important to ensure that the necessary precautions are taken to prevent unnecessary radiation sickness.

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