WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that former nuclear energy workers at the Piqua Organic Moderated Reactor will receive compensation and health benefits as part of the Special Exposure Cohort program. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announced the designation, which will allow former Piqua workers to receive benefits through the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) program.
“Former energy workers battling cancer should not have to struggle to receive the benefits to which they are entitled,” Brown said. “This designation will enable former workers in Piqua and their survivors to receive critical compensation and health benefits.”
Special Exposure Cohort status was created so that workers diagnosed with specific cancers and their survivors would not be denied benefits due to incomplete information regarding levels of exposure.
Sen. Brown introduced legislation to amend the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act to designate the Piqua Organic Moderated Reactor in Piqua, Ohio as a Special Exposure Cohort.
As of Dec. 14, 2009, the EEOICPA has provided more than $439 million to former nuclear workers in the state of Ohio. SEC status has been granted to certain workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio, the Mound Plant in Miamisburg, Ohio, the Harshaw Harvard-Denison Plant in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Monsanto Chemical Company in Dayton, Ohio.