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Sometimes it's Uncle Sam's job to compensate injured workers

The plant was called Rocky Flats. From the Cold War heyday of the 1950s right up to 1989 - when the Berlin Wall finally fell - workers produced material for nuclear weapons at the plant.

More specifically, they made plutonium pits. Hundreds of workers were apparently exposed to hazardous radiation while doing so.

Many of those workers have now developed cancer and have submitted claims for compensation from the federal government. Though the plant was operated by Dow Chemical and Rockwell, those companies did so for Uncle Sam.

The claims fall under a specific federal program. The program is called the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

Last week, hundreds of people who were exposed to radiation at Rocky Flats met with federal authorities about their claims for compensation. The federal government has put new rules in place to get needed medical assistance for these people.

Source: SF Gate, "Workers at Colorado nuke plant get benefit details," Feb. 20, 2014

The plant was called Rocky Flats. From the Cold War heyday of the 1950s right up to 1989 - when the Berlin Wall finally fell - workers produced material for nuclear weapons at the plant.

More specifically, they made plutonium pits. Hundreds of workers were apparently exposed to hazardous radiation while doing so.

Many of those workers have now developed cancer and have submitted claims for compensation from the federal government. Though the plant was operated by Dow Chemical and Rockwell, those companies did so for Uncle Sam.

The claims fall under a specific federal program. The program is called the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

Last week, hundreds of people who were exposed to radiation at Rocky Flats met with federal authorities about their claims for compensation. The federal government has put new rules in place to get needed medical assistance for these people.

Source: SF Gate, "Workers at Colorado nuke plant get benefit details," Feb. 20, 2014

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