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Paducah Nuclear Workers Meeting July 17
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).
When: July 17, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
Where: Robert Cherry Civic Center
2701 Park Avenue
“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 and denial of previously approved oxygen therapy.”
“In order to accomplish this, we ask that the claimants from the Paducah and Metropolis facilities– those who have been approved under Part E and for CBD and those who were denied – provide us with redacted claim decision documents,” Donna Hand explained. “By collecting the Final Decisions, DEEOIC Toxicologist, Medical Consultant and Industrial Hygienists reports from claimants across the country, we will be able to determine if the claims were decided in a consistent manner, using the best science.”
“This town hall meeting is all about the claimants. We want to hear your stories,” said Maurice Copeland. “DIAB is committed to working with DOL to correct the problems. However, since we are not connected with the government we cannot get the information directly from DEEOIC. 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.”
The meeting will be in two parts. The first two or three hours there will be an open microphone available for claimants to make public comments. The remaining time will be allocated so that claimants who do not feel comfortable speaking in front of a group to have a private one on one conversation with the Board members who are either physically present at the meeting or who attend it electronically.
For more information on DIAB, please visit www.diaboard.org