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Money available for qualifying 1950s Edgemont workers

August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019

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People who worked at a uranium ore-buying station in the 1950s in Edgemont may have been exposed to materials that made them sick, and the government wants them and their survivors to know they could be eligible for compensation.

An office of the federal government recently sent the Journal a notice intended for people who worked at the ore-buying station from 1952 to 1956, and for survivors of those workers. The station was also known as the American Smelting and Refining Co., and Lucius Pitkin Inc.

The notice said a federal program provides compensation and medical benefits for contractor and subcontractor employees of the station who, “as a result of this employment, sustained illnesses arising from their exposure to toxic substances, including exposure to radiation.”

The program is called Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation. It was created in 2000 by Congress for employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, and its contractors and subcontractors, who suffered illnesses arising from their work in nuclear weapons production and testing programs.

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