The Star-Telegram, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has published a McClatchy investigation of nuclear plant workers and the federal program that was meant to compensate them in the face of the latest federal rule change to determine eligibility. The new directive, which became effective in December 2014, orders claims examiners to conclude that workers at Department of Energy nuclear facilities have not have any significant exposure to toxins since 1995 “in the absence of compelling data to the contrary.” McClatchy reports that 107,394 nuclear workers or their relatives have applied for compensation from a fund set up in 2001 to help those suffering from cancers and other diseases. More than 33,000 of those workers who received compensation are now dead. Pantex, a plant based in Texas, is one of several Department of Energy facilities that is facing scrutiny from workers’ advocates for lax safety and health procedures resulting in serious injury.
Read the report here.