During their public meeting, in Denver Colorado on September 18, 2012, the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health approved the Special Exposure Cohort petition for employees with certain cancers, who worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also known as the X-10 plant, for the period from June 17, 1943 through July 31, 1955.
The significance of this approval is that many employees with certain cancers, and their survivors (if the employee is deceased), may soon be eligible for compensation of $150,000 or more. Employees of X-10, during that time period with a diagnosis of certain cancers, or their survivors, may be eligible for compensation, even if they have been previously denied compensation in the past.
This approval, by the Advisory Board, is a major hurdle in the petition process, and if the Secretary of Health and Human Services concurs with the approval, she will notify the U.S. Senate of the approval. If the U.S. Senate does not act upon her notification, within 30 days, the X-10 Special Exposure Cohort will become effective.
The X-10 Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petition was filed, on July 18, 2011, by the Law Offices of Tony Farmer & John Dreiser, on behalf of one of our clients, and was designated SEC-00189. The petition met qualification on October 11, 2011, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began researching radiation exposure documents associated with X-10, to determine the feasibility of performing dose reconstructions for workers at X-10. NIOSH eventually concluded that dose reconstructions were not feasible for employees of X-10, with certain cancers, from June 17, 1943 through July 31, 1955. NIOSH then prepared a SEC Evaluation Report which provided the scientific reasoning behind their determination. This SEC Evaluation Report was presented to the Advisory Board for Radiation and Worker Health on September 18, 2012. The Advisory Board voted unanimously to accept the petition with a 13–0 vote. A copy of the petition and the evaluation report can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ocas/x10.html#189
If you, a loved one, or someone you know, have been diagnosed with cancer, and worked at the X-10 plant, for 250 days, from June 17, 1943 to July 31, 1955, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer & John Dreiser for a free evaluation of the possibility of filing a claim, or to possibly re-open a previously denied claim, with the U.S. Department of Labor. We will be happy to review your documentation and discuss your options.
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