If you were employed in the nuclear power or weapons industry in New Mexico, there’s a chance that you are entitled to compensation under a federal workers’ compensation program. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) provides benefits to individuals who have contracted one or more of 22 types of cancers, provided the worker can show that he or she was employed at a facility that exposed the worker to carcinogenic substances, and that the worker was there for a sufficient time during a period when known carcinogens were present.
To qualify for compensation under the EEOICPA, you must have worked at a facility identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as posing a significant risk. HHS identifies all such facilities in documents known as Special Exposure Cohorts (SECs).
HHS has issued an SEC that governs all current and former nuclear weapons workers and uranium miners in the state of New Mexico. Covered facilities in New Mexico include:
- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad
- The Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Accurate Machine and Tool, in Albuquerque
- The Uranium Mill at Shiprock
- The Ore Buying Stations in Shiprock and in Grant
- Kirtland Operations Office, in Albuquerque
- Hangar 481, in Albuquerque
- The Trinity Nuclear Explosion Site
- The Project Gnome Nuclear Explosion Site, in Carlsbad
- The Albuquerque Operations Office
- The Chupadera Mesa
- Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, in Albuquerque
- Project Gasbuggy Nuclear Explosion Site
- Sandia National Laboratories
- South Albuquerque Works
- The White Sands Missile Range
- The Uranium Mill in Ambrosia Lake
The SEC applies to all former and current workers.
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