A DOE facility is a location determined by DOL to be any building, structure, or premise in which DOE operations are or have been conducted, except in connection with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, where DOE has or had a proprietary interest or entered into a contract with an entity to provide management and operation, management and integration, environmental remediation services, construction, or maintenance services. Current and former employees may qualify for a presumption of causation if they are included in a designated Special Exposure class of employees and diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers.
The change comes after the Department of Health and Human Services amended its Special Exposure in March 2019. A presumption of causation can help nuclear weapons workers applying for compensation under the act, which provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. Survivors of qualified workers also may be entitled to benefits.
The Special Exposure now includes all employees of the Department of Energy(DOE), its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked for any Plant for 250 or more work days during one or more periods. The Department of Labour (DOL) is entrusted with the responsibilities of negotiating the issues related to any claim for compensation benefits and lost wages under divisional of energy occupational illness compensation.
The DOL is assisted to fulfill its duties by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ) and the DOE. The DOE provides data and records about the worker and facility to the DOL in order to help them with decision making and support the administration of the DEEOIC. Moreover, the DOE maintains a rooster of facilities available under the EEOICPA. This list is published via the Federal Register and updated periodically. Apart from the above-stated functions, the DOE always maintains a Covered Facility Database that is easy to search for information. The database is full of additional information related to all the facilities published in the Federal Register, including an overview pertaining to the functions of the facilities and years of activity.