Source: WATE News | October 31, 2020
For decades employees who became ill from their work at nuclear facilities like those in Oak Ridge had nowhere to turn for help. Federal programs and state worker’s compensation programs excluded employees at 380 facilities across the nation because the hazards to which they were exposed were not well understood.
“Many of these Department of Energy (DOE) facilities were highly dangerous places to work, in quite a few cases with the exact or potential perils not clearly known at the time,” said the Director of the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation in a statement on Friday.
Oct. 30 marks the 11th anniversary of the first U.S. Senate resolution to honor workers employed in the atomic weapons program. The resolution is renewed each year.