Kentucky Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield, along with two Colorado Democrats, is introducing bipartisan legislation known as the Nuclear Workers Health Advisory Board Act. The legislation would help ensure former employees at certain Department of Energy sites receive earned benefits and care.
It also aims to bring transparency and oversight to the program charged with administering compensation. The Act would require the President to establish an advisory board making sure eligible DOE employees receive compensation payments after being exposed to toxic substances. Those payments can total up to $250,000, plus medical expenses. Senators Mark Udall and Lamar Alexander introduced similar legislation today in the U.S. Senate.