Oct 22, 2007

Senate HELP Committee Hearing

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Title: EEOICPA: Is the Program Claimant Friendly for Our Cold War Heroes?
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 10:00 am
Place: Dirksen 430

Witness Testimony

Panel I

The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Washington, DC
Shelby Hallmark, Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Department of Labor, Washington, DC
Dr. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC
Malcolm Nelson, Ombudsman, Energy Employees Compensation Program, Department of Labor, Washington, DC
Panel II
Dr. James Melius, Research Director, Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, Albany, NY
Dr. Ken Silver, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is this?

Anonymous said...

It's a program designed to compensate workers for the adverse health effects associated with their employment in the nuclear industy. Never mind that some of these same workers may have ignored safety rules or turned on fellow workers who may have tried to blow the whistle on unsafe practices.

Pinky and The Brain said...

Details please!

Anonymous said...

This is yet another health study of LANL workers. It has been going on at all the major DOE/NSA sites for several years. The plan at LANL has been in preparation for several months, with many LASO people poeple involved, but not many LANL folks, just the epidemiologists, the health historians, and the lawyers. Also some security people because of the need to access classified records.

The really stupid aspect of this, is that just like the CDC work that followed on the heels of the Human Studies Project, they refuse to admit evidence from previous studies, but must "touch all original data" themselves. What an incredible waste of taxpayer money! All their questions have already been thoroughly researched and answered, but no, they must come to "original" conclusions. What crap!

Anonymous said...

This is not a health study. This a program to to compensate workers for illnesses and death caused by working with radioactive materials, beryllium, silicon, or toxic chemicals. A claimant may be awarded $150,000 under part B of the Act and an additional $250,000 under part E. The act also pays for medical expenses.

http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/owcp/eeoicp/main.htm

Contact Karen Martinez
espanola.center@rrohio.com
412 Paseo De Onate, Suite "D"
Espanola, NM 87532
(505) 747-6766; fax (505) 747-6765
Toll free (866) 272-3622

The State also has the Office of Nuclear Workers' Advocacy to assist persons with claims.
Contact Loretta Valerio
Aspen Plaza
1596 Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 827-1636
Fax (505) 827-6812
loretta.valerio@state.nm.us

For more information go to

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ocas/ocasabt.html

Pinky and The Brain said...

Are there any details available on the workers who have ignored safety rules or turned on fellow workers who may have tried to blow the whistle on unsafe practices.

And what's this about the Human Studies Project 11:09PM?

Anonymous said...

What do you think? As you already well know, LANL employees, especially all the scientists are dumb as a stump, smoking weed all day, juggling Pu with bare hands, shooting YAG lasers at students for fun, wasting taxpayers money, glow in the dark, are rich as Bill Gates,...
Did I miss any prejudice?

Anonymous said...

Sexual orientation, 10:25. You missed that one.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10/23/07 10:25 AM said...

"What do you think? As you already well know, LANL employees, especially all the scientists are dumb as a stump, smoking weed all day, juggling Pu with bare hands, shooting YAG lasers at students for fun, wasting taxpayers money, glow in the dark, are rich as Bill Gates,..."

OK, but how is this a bad thing?

Anonymous said...

You forgot the part about can't tell the truth, covering up their accidents, believing their own lies...

Anonymous said...

Pinky, 6:50 am:

Link to LANL Human Studies Project:
http://library.lanl.gov/cgi-bin/getfile?23-08.pdf

Anonymous said...

And damn good looking