More eligible for uranium compensation

People who worked at uranium mills in Grand Junction, Maybell, Nucla, Naturita, Rifle, Slick Rock and 10 other locations could be eligible for compensation if they suffer from radiation-related illnesses.

The U.S. Department of Labor listed the mills on a circular that advises government officials, attorneys and others that employees of the affected mills during specified times could receive compensation for their work on environmental-remediation efforts.

The listing of mills follows a finding last year that employees at the uranium mill in Shiprock, N.M., would be eligible for benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act, the circular notes.

No additional information was immediately available from the Labor Department.

According to the circular, the following mills are affected:  Climax Uranium Mill in Grand Junction from December 1988 to August 1994.

Gunnison mill from September 1991 to December 1995.

Maybell mill from 1995 to September 1998.

Naturita mill from May to November 1994, and June 1996 to September 1998.

Rifle, new mill, from September 1988 to September 1989, and April 1992 to October 1996.

Rifle, old mill, from September 1988 to September 1989, and April 1992 to October 1996.

Slick Rock uranium mill No. 1 (East) for 1995 and 1996.

Slick Rock uranium mill No. 2 (West) for 1995 and 1996.

The Labor Department also found people who worked on remediation efforts at the Durango uranium mill from December 1986 to May 1991 could be eligible for compensation.

People who worked for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Monticello, Utah, mill from 1983 to 2000 also are eligible for compensation.

Claimants for compensation must have been diagnosed with illnesses recognized as linked to radiation exposure.


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