Portsmouth Town Meeting for Nuclear Claimants

Updated 3 years ago Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

Portsmouth, OH – The DEEOIC Interim Advisory Board (DIAB) is holding the second in a series of national town hall meetings for claimants who have filed claims under Part E or Part B lung disease claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000. This meeting will focus on the claimants from the former Ohio Department of Energy and Atomic Weapons Employer sites.

Advocates for sick nuclear weapons workers formed DIAB as a citizen volunteer interim advisory board. There is legislation to create a similar Presidential Advisory Board. Until that legislation is passed into law, DIAB will undertake the responsibilities of the proposed board. DIAB is not affiliated with the U.S. Government but is instead a shadow board to the Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (DEEOIC).

Malcolm Nelson and Kim Holt from the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Office will attend as will employees from the Portsmouth Resource Center.

When: June 20, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 577 Hall

1236 Gallia Street

Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

“The advocates and claimant representatives know there are a lot of issues concerning decisions,” said Faye Vlieger. They range from job categories missing from the Site Exposure Matrix to the reduction of home health care hours.”

“This town hall meeting is all about the claimants. We want to hear your stories,” said David Manuta. “DIAB is committed to working with DOL to correct the problems.”

“Since we are not connected with the government we cannot get information directly from DEEOIC,” stated Deb Jerison. “In order to be able to evaluate the consistency and accuracy of how claims are being paid, we need copies of Final Decisions,

Statements of Accepted Facts, DEEOIC doctor, industrial hygienist, and toxicologist reports from as many people as possible.

You can remove your name and other identifying information or we can do it for you at the meeting.”

For more information on the meeting, please call 937-767-2890. For more information on DIAB, please visit

DIAB is dedicated to evaluating EEOICPA and presenting our findings on consistency, transparency, and accountability to DEEOIC, Congress, and the President.

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