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Santa Fe, New Mexico EEOICPA Outreach Event

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United Stated Department of Labor employees will be holding an outreach event in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. The event is cosponsored by the US Department of Labor and the Espanola Resource Center. Employees from the DEEOIC National Office and Espanola Resource Center will provide brief presentations regarding the EEOICPA Process and benefits available. After the presentation has concluded, staff will be available to assist individuals with filing new claims and provide updates on existing claims.

Unlike many other events, this one will take place in the evening.

 

About Metropolis Outreach Event

Location: The Lodge at Santa Fel

750 N. St. Francis Drive

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

 

When: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

EEOICPA Staff Available: 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Brief Presentation: 5:00pm

 

If you are unable to make the meeting but have questions regarding EEOICPA Compensation, please contact our law firm at (513) 651-3700.

Previously Denied? DOL Updates May Change Your Case

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Were you previously denied for an EEOICPA Claim by the Department of Labor? If so, your claim may be eligible for reconsideration. Over the last few months, the Department of Labor has made many adjustments to the qualifications for an EEOICPA Claim. Do you think your case should be reconsidered? Give us a call at (877) 450-8665 or fill out the form below.

SEM Matrix Updates

Recently, the DOL updated their database of toxic chemicals at many different plants. The updated SEM Matrix includes information from 22 different Department of Energy Sites including the Nevada Test Site, Rocky Flats, and Oak Ridge Y-12. In fact, the Nevada Test Site increased their information by over 34%! Information for the updates came from public submittals and information from the DOL District Offices.

The SEM Matrix is a database used for all claims that go through NIOSH or are not one of the SEC Sites. Typically cases that are denied through this process occur because there was less than a 50% chance that the chemicals affected your cancer. If this is why you were denied, give us a call today!

Closure Profiles

For the first time, the Department of Labor began including information on the toxic substances workers involved with the clean-up of the Rocky Flats site. The Department of Labor plans to add information on other sites throughout the next few months. We will be sure to keep you informed on all new closure related updates.

Approved SEC Sites

Additionally, with the ever growing list of Approved SEC Sites, your claim may have an opportunity to be revisited. To see the latest SEC Sites list, you can visit the Department of Labor’s website.

 

If your case was previously denied, and you want to speak to our office please call us at (877) 450-8665 or fill out the form below.

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Would You Own a Home at the former Rocky Flats site?

Recently, a developer completed construction on a community north of Denver. This site used to be home to the Rocky Flats nuclear facility. Currently, over 500 individuals have purchased homes in the development site. Would you be one of them?

 

Check out CBS Denver’s cover of the story below.

 

Metropolis, Illinois EEOICPA Outreach Event

metropolisUnited Stated Department of Labor employees will be holding an outreach event in Metropolis, Illinois on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017. The event is cosponsored by the US Department of Labor and the Paducah Resource Center. Employees from the DEEOIC National Office and Paducah Resource Center will provide brief presentations regarding the EEOICPA Process and benefits available. After the presentation has concluded, staff will be available to assist individuals with filing new claims and provide updates on existing claims.

About Metropolis Outreach Event

Location: Metropolis Community Center
900 West 10th Street
Metropolis, Illinois 62960

 

When: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Medical Benefits Session: 9:00am

EEOICPA Staff Available: 9:30am – 2:00pm

 

If you are unable to make the meeting, but have questions regarding EEOICPA Compensation, please contact our law firm at (513) 651-3700.

Hanford Site in a State of Emergency After Accident

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On Tuesday at approximately 8:30am, the Hanford Nuclear Site went into an immediate lockdown. An alert went out stating that a tunnel used to house contaminated radioactive materials was breached. Employees were sent to precautionary sheltering and later sent home. As of now, there is no indication that the contamination spread. Additionally, there are currently zero employee injuries.

The tunnel, known as PUREX (Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant), was found to have a 20 foot wide hole. The hole was found during a routine inspection of the Hanford Cleanup. During the Cold War the tunnel held rail cars loaded with contaminated equipment. There is no clear explanation for the recent creation of the hole.

As of now, there is no shelter-in-place order for the residents surrounding Hanford.

New EEOICPA Rule: Diagnoses After 1995 May Now Be Valid

If you or a loved one worked at a DOL Approved site after 1995, you may be eligible for EEOICPA Compensation. If you have not submitted a claim, or were previously denied, contact our firm today to see how we can help.

The Department of Labor recently rescinded a policy denying most claims after 1995 based on the assumption that chemical exposure decreased that year. The former policy was established in 2014 by Circular No 15-06. Thanks to the recommendation by the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health, the policy was rescinded. This is one of many changes the Advisory Board has assisted in changing.

What The New Law Means

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Simi Valley EEOICPA Outreach Event

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United Stated Department of Labor employees will be holding an outreach event in Simi Valley California on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. The event is cosponsored by the US Department of Labor and the Joint Outreach Task Group (JOTG). Employees from the DEEOIC National Office and Seattle District Office will provide brief presentations regarding the EEOICPA Process and benefits available. After the presentation has concluded, staff will be available to assist individuals with filing new claims and provide updates on existing claims.

About Simi Valley Outreach Event

Location: Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites

1775 Madera Road

Simi Valley, California 93065

 

When: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Town Hall Meeting: 10:30am

Medical Benefits Meeting: 12:30pm

EEOICPA Staff Available: 9:30am – 2:00pm

 

If you are unable to make the meeting, but have questions regarding EEOICPA Compensation, please contact our law firm at (513) 651-3700.

The Pantex Plant EEOICPA Compensation

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Earlier this year, The Pantex Plant expanded their SEC Dates thanks to the Department of Labor. Now, Department of Energy employees, contractors, and subcontractors who worked in The Pantex Plant may be eligible for EEOICPA Compensation if they meet other eligibility requirements.

Employees who worked in Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory between January 1st, 1951 and December 31st, 1957 and have developed one of the 22 approved cancers may be eligible for $150,000 in EEOICPA Compensation.

DOL Statement on The Pantex Plant Expansion

On January 4, 2017, the Secretary of Health and Human Services designated the following class for addition to the SEC in a report to Congress:

All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas during the period from January 1, 1951 through December 31, 1957, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort.

You can read the full statement on the Department of Labor Website. 

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Santa Susana Field Laboratory – Area IV SEC Dates Expanded

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Earlier this year, Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory expanded their SEC Dates. Now, Department of Energy employees, contractors, and subcontractors who worked in Area IV may be eligible for EEOICPA Compensation if they meet other eligibility requirements.

Employees who worked in Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory between January 1st, 1965 and December 31st, 1988 and have developed one of the 22 approved cancers may be eligible for $150,000 in EEOICPA Compensation.

DOL Statement on Santa Susana Field Laboratory Area IV Expansion

On January 6, 2017, the Secretary of Health and Human Services designated the following class for addition to the SEC in a report to Congress:

All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors or subcontractors who worked in any area of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County, California from January 1, 1965, through December 31, 1988, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the SEC.

You can read the full statement on the Department of Labor Website. 

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Albuquerque & Los Alamos EEOICPA Outreach Events

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Over the next few months, the Department of Labor will be hosting outreach events in Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. If you or a loved one worked at an approved SEC Site for at least 250 days consider attending one of the upcoming outreach events.

At these events, staff from the US Department of Labor Occupational Illness Compensation’s Espanola Resource Center will be available to answer questions, provide information about the EEOICPA program, and provide any assistance possible.

Walk-ins are allowed, but scheduling an appointment ahead of time is recommended so that appropriate time can be given for your assistance.

For more information on the outreach events visit the official Department of Labor website here or call (886) 272-3622.

After attending an outreach event, if you need further assistance filing your EEOICPA Claims please contact our law firm at (513) 651-3700.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Outreach Information

Dates:

January 19th & 26th, 2017
February 9th & 23rd, 2017

Location:

IBEW Union Hall
4921 Alexander Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Hours:

9:30am – 3:00pm

Los Alamos, New Mexico Outreach Information

Dates:

January 9th & 30th, 2017
February 13th & 27th, 2017

Location:

Ombudsman Program Office
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Central Park Square, Suite 114
Los Alamos, NM 87566

Hours:

8:00am – 12:00pm