The U.S. Department of Labor will have an open house Tuesday in Richland to notify current and former nuclear weapons employees about available benefits.
The open house is from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Richland Red Lion, 802 George Washington Way.
Those benefits are available to those who worked at the Hanford Plant and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The benefits are made possible through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
Current and former workers are eligible for benefits if they have been diagnosed with cancer, beryllium disease or silicosis caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working for the Department of Energy or a department contractor or subcontractors, a designated Atomic Weapons Employer or a beryllium vendor.
Compensation and medical benefits also are available to Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors who worked at covered facilities and developed an illness because they were exposed to toxic substances.
Staff from the Seattle district office for the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation and the Hanford resource center also will be available to help workers file new claims and to get updates on existing claims.
Survivors of qualified workers also may be entitled to benefits.
So far, $875 million in compensation and medical benefits has been paid to almost 8,000 Washington residents.
The meeting is open to the public and pre-registration is not required. For more information, call the department's Hanford resource center toll free at 888-654-0014.