10 Apr Did you or someone you know work at Ames Laboratory?

A new Special Exposure Cohort (“SEC”) has been designated for Ames Laboratory workers.

What does this mean?

Workers and surviving family members of workers may qualify for compensation/and or medical benefits for working at Ames Laboratory. The SEC was established by the Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (“EEOICPA”). Claims compensated under the SEC do not have to go through the dose reconstruction process.

To get the claim process started, or if you have questions, please contact ARC at 844-686-8355. As a non-profit organization, all of ARC’s services are provided at NO COST.

Ames Laboratory Special Exposure Cohort Dates:

  • January 1, 1971 – December 31, 1989: All employees *NEW*
  • August 13, 1942 – December 31, 1970: All employees
  • January 1, 1955 – December 31, 1960: All employees
  • January 1, 1955 – December 31, 1970: Sheet metal workers, physical plant maintenance, associated support staff and supervisory staff in Wilhelm Hall
  • January 1, 1942 – December 31, 1954: Chemistry Annex 1, Chemistry Annex 2, Chemistry Building, Research Building, Metallurgical Building

To qualify for compensation under the SEC, a covered employee must:

  • Have at least one of the 22 SEC cancers (see below) and
  • Have worked for a specific period of time at one of the SEC work sites

 SEC Cancers:

  • Bone cancer
  • Renal cancers
  • Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia) provided the onset of the disease was at least two years after first exposure
  • Lung cancer (other than in-situ lung cancer that is discovered during or after a post-mortem exam)
  • The following diseases provided onset was at least five years after first exposure:
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
    • Primary cancer of the:
    • Bile ducts
    • Brain
    • Breast (female)
    • Breast (male)
    • Colon
    • Esophagus
    • Gall bladder
    • Liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
    • Ovary
    • Pancreas
    • Pharynx
    • Salivary gland
    • Small intestine
    • Stomach
    • Thyroid
    • Urinary bladder

What can ARC do for me?

  • Help file new/refile denied EEOICPA claims
  • Help gather medical and employment records
  • Provide medical screening and/or impairment rating reminders
  • Provide guidance for medical expense and wage loss reimbursement
  • Identify physicians/specialists that provide care for DOL approved conditions
  • Deliver updates about the EEOICPA


AMES, IA – 1964: Areial view of the Ames Laboratory buildings on the Iowa State University Campus: Office and Laboratory Building., Metallurgy Building, Research Building, and Metals Development Building.
Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 197

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