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Labor department holds meetings

RICHLAND - U.S. Department of Labor officials will be available to answer questions about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act at town hall meetings, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10, in Richland.

Current and former employees of contractors, subcontractors and eligible survivors will also receive information about Part E of the act. The town hall meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland.

Part E replaces the Part D program formerly run by the Department of Energy. In October 2004, President Bush signed into law an amendment creating Part E to provide monetary compensation and medical benefits to contractor and subcontractor employees, or their survivors, who worked at DOE facilities and sustained an occupational illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances.

The meeting on March 9 will take place at 6 p.m., and the March 10 meetings will take place at 2 and 6 p.m.

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