Tennessee is the first and only state so far to pass the $2 billion milestone for payments and medical care from the government’s compensation program for sick nuclear workers. That mark was passed recently. Most of the Tennessee claimants were former workers (or their surviving relatives) at the Oak Ridge nuclear facilities.
All told, more than $12 billion has been distributed from the fund since the Energy Employees Occupational Illness and Compensation Program Act was enacted in 2000.
Sick workers and their advocates hope that a new advisory panel will make it easier for people to make successful claims to the federal program.