July 17, 2008

Meeting to Focus on Aid for Uranium Miners, Kin

Uranium miners, millers and ore transporters - or their survivors - can learn if they are eligible for medical benefits and compensation at a just-announced meeting to be held Tuesday.

Thousands of Coloradans mined uranium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons, for the nation's defense during the Cold War. The uranium mines were scattered across the state, but most mines and mills were on the Western Slope.

The U.S. Department of Labor will meet at noon Tuesday at the Doubletree Hotel in Westminster with uranium workers or their survivors, who also may be eligible for compensation under a federal program known as the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

Program officials will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hotel, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster, to help those who already have filed claims or wish to do so.

The compensation and medical benefits are for workers who already have been awarded a claim under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, or who developed an illness from exposure to toxic substances while working at a covered facility at any time from Jan. 1, 1942, through Dec. 31, 1971.

To learn more, call 866-540-4977.

Originally published by Rocky Mountain News.

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