Cañon City uranium workers to get compensation for job-related maladies
The fact that the long fought for, long contested worker compensation suits are finally being not only paid but championed by The Labor Department marks the writing on the wall for the nuclear power and weapons complex longtime claim of no worries because there is “no immediate danger.” For the mounting number of nuclear workers and exposed civilians who are getting sicker as the years of the nuclear age grow longer all ‘no immediate danger’ means is that the danger comes later.
Tom Roeder / The Gazette December 2, 2014
Benefits for workers sickened by Cañon City’s atomic legacy will be outlined at a federal Department of Labor town hall Wednesday morning.
The department oversees a program designed to compensate nuclear workers for cancer and other maladies associated with mining, hauling and processing uranium. Over the years, dozens of workers at Cañon City’s Cotter Mill have claimed their illnesses were caused by exposure to uranium and other toxic substances.
Now, the federal government wants to make sure sick workers get paid.
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