$400M paid so far to Colorado nuclear workers | VailDaily.com

$400M paid so far to Colorado nuclear workers

DENVER, Colorado ” The U.S. Department of Labor says it has paid more than $408 million to compensate Coloradans sickened by working in the atomic weapons industry.

The department said Tuesday that the money went to 5,042 Colorado claimants under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. It was created to help people suffering cancer and other illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances.

The act covers several facilities in Colorado including the former Rocky Flats weapons plant northwest of Denver and the Rulison Nuclear Explosion Site.

The department says Coloradans have filed 8,713 cases under the act, but about 15 percent were ineligible for benefits. There are still 929 cases awaiting a final decision.