Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA)
- Fact Sheet - EEOICPA (1.855 MB)
- Flyer - DOL Notice (132 KB)
- Booklet - A Basic Overview of EEOICPA (6.02 MB)
- Brochure - EEOICPA and FWP: Agency Roles/Programs for Assisting DOE Nuclear Weapons Workers (1.7 MB)
- Fact Sheet - How is my EEOICPA claim processed (239 KB)
A separate program, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a federal law that was established in 2000 that provides compensation and medical benefits to former workers who were potentially exposed to hazardous materials and have developed certain health conditions as a result of their work for DOE. The EEOICP also offers benefits to living survivors of former AEC workers. The EEOICP is currently administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Participation in the FWP is not required in order to apply for compensation from the EEOICP. However, If the former worker’s medical history and/or BAECP-FWP screening results suggest an occupational illness, then they may be used to support a claim for compensation for toxin- or radiation-induced occupational illnesses that may have resulted from work for the DOE, including sensitization to beryllium, chronic beryllium disease, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and radiogenic cancers.
The BAECP-FWP medical screening is an independent and separate program from the DOL-EEOICP. Filing a claim with the DOL is a separate process from completing the BAECP-FWP Health and Work History Questionnaire. The BAECP-FWP can provide claims forms and guidance on how to fill them out. Once the claim is filed, the BAECP-FWP has no further involvement with the claims process.
For more information, you may call us at toll-free at 1-866-282-5818 or the DOL Resource Center directly toll-free at 1-866-540-4977 or visit the DOL-EEOICP website.
- Part B: Lump-sum payment of up to $150,000
- Part B: Plus medical expenses related to accepted occupational condition
- Part E: Additional compensation based on level of impairment and/or years of qualifying wage loss
- Qualified survivors are also eligible for the lump sum compensation
Occupational Lung Diseases Potentially Covered:
- Beryllium sensitivity
- Chronic beryllium disease (CBD)
- Chronic silicosis
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Occupational Asthma
Radiation-Induced Cancers Potentially Covered:
- Leukemia, including CLL
- Lymphomas (except Hodgkin's)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Thyroid cancer
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Lung cancer
- Bone cancer
- Multiple skin cancers
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Bile duct / gall bladder cancer
- Primary liver cancer
- Cancer of the salivary gland
- Cancer of the urinary tract (kidney & bladder)
- Cancer of the pharynx / Laryngeal cancer
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Cancer of the small intestine
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Cancer of the brain & central nervous system
Non-Cancers Potentially Covered:
- Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC)
Former IAAP employees are also impacted by the recent designation of the following class of employees as a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Act:
- Employees of the Department of Energy (DOE) or DOE contractors or subcontractors employed by the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Line 1/Division B, during the period from March 1949 through 1974 and who were employed for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters (excluding aggregate work day requirements) established for other classes of employees included in the SEC.
AEC Line 1 at IAAP includes Yard C, G and L, Firing Site Area, Burning Field B, and storage sites for pits and weapons including Buildings 73 and 77.
Under the Act, Congress established the SEC to allow eligible cancer claims to be compensated without the completion of a radiation dose reconstruction or a determination of the probability of causation. In other words, there is a presumption that the cancer is related to work at the facility.
To qualify for compensation under the SEC, a covered employee must have been diagnosed with a "specified cancer" as defined in the governing regulations and must have worked for a specified period of time at an SEC facility.
Specified cancers include: bone cancer; renal cancer; leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia); lung cancer; multiple myeloma; lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease); or primary cancer of the bile ducts, brain, breast, colon, esophagus, gall bladder, liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated), laryngeal, ovary, pancreas, pharynx, salivary gland, small intestine, stomach, thyroid, or urinary bladder.
- A claim may also be filed for a cancer other than the specified cancers listed above that has metastasized to the bone, kidney or lung.
- If a previous claim was denied because the radiation dose reconstruction determined the probability of causation was less than 50%, the claim may be re-filed due to the SEC class.
Please note that any type of cancer can potentially be covered outside of the SEC provisions and under Part E.