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Dec. 3, 2010

Department of Labor to assist Ames Laboratory former workers on Dec. 7

The U.S. Department of Labor will host the Traveling Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn Ames in Ames, Iowa, to provide information about a new class of Ames Laboratory former employees that were recently added to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act's (EEOICPA) Special Exposure Cohort.

The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to workers who became ill as result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified workers may also be entitled to benefits.

Effective Nov. 5, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the following class of employees as an addition to the program's Special Exposure Cohort: all employees who worked at the Ames Laboratory from Jan. 1, 1955 through Dec. 31, 1960, for at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under the employment, or in combination with work days within other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort. Individuals included in a designated Special Exposure Cohort class who are diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers may receive a presumption of causation under the program.

The Traveling Resource Center will offer information about the new Special Exposure Cohort class and assistance with filing claims. For additional information, contact the Ames Laboratory-Former Worker Medical Screening Program toll-free at 866-282-5818 or visit or the Department of Labor Denver Resource Center toll-free at 866-540-4977 or visit

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hannah Fletcher, 319-384-4277,; Jill K. Welch, Former Worker Medical Screening Program, 319-335-8494,