If you, your spouse, parent, or grandparent ever worked for an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) or Department of Energy (DOE) facility, and if any of these people has a condition or died as a result of illness covered by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), you may have filled out and filed a claim, then hoped for compensation.
But what if you’re not sure if you worked at an EEOICPA Covered Facility and can make an EEOICPA claim? Where do you go from there?
We at Stephens & Stephens can guide the way, help you clarify if you did indeed work at a EEOICPA Covered Facility, and help you file or refile a claim. The result? You may finally get the compensation you deserve.
Here at Stephens & Stephens, LLP, we are continually studying the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA), from every angle, in order to understand all of its facets. This study includes not only the Act itself, but the entire process of Atomic Weapons Employment that produced the somewhat less than ideal working conditions that led to the Act’s passage in the first place.
To that end, we have recently completed a complete list of EEOICPA Covered Facilities—all 382 sites currently covered by the Act—with links to individual pages that describe each site’s location, activities, type (Atomic Weapons Employer [AWE], Department of Energy [DOE], Beryllium Employer [BE], etc.), EEOICP claims statistics, and time frames when the sites were active. As is the nature of the beast, these pages can be variously either incredibly detailed or somewhat vague, depending on the currently available open sources of information. We have also provided a List and relevant pages for worksites that fall under the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) provision of the Act.
The site descriptions often constitute a ponderous collection of details that would require even the most devoted student of the realm to spend large amounts of time to review. Understanding the material can require learning everything from nuclear physics to geography to territorial rights, all of which likely involves more time and patience than most people possess.
However, the Nuclear Age we live in was maturing in tandem with the Video Age we are now also fully immersed in at literally every turn. Further, we have entered a time when vast amounts of formerly classified information about the Manhattan Engineering District (MED), —which created the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and the subsequent Cold War are becoming freely available.
Therefore, it seemed only both reasonable and logical to share all available video documentation in our growing Library of data concerning the EEOICPA. The videos cover everything from the construction (and occasional demolition) of various sites to detailed documentation of nuclear bomb testing in Alaska, the Pacific Ocean, and Nevada to eminent physicist Richard Feynman’s highly amusing recollections of working with Oppenheimer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Other videos serve to simplify complex nuclear science into language and images that make them understandable without becoming mired in minutiae. Still others document interviews with former workers and their struggles with both certain EEOICPA covered facilities and the Act.
In line with our fundamental aim of keeping as much information as possible both freely accessible and easily available, we have embedded the videos on their respective pages and linked to all of them on our Video Page, extended to complement Hugh’s concise explanation of the Act itself.
Please visit our collection of EEOICPA Site Videos for a fascinating view into the inner workings of nuclear annihilation.