Surviving relatives of employees who were exposed to nuclear radiation at a La Jolla defense contractor’s facility are now eligible for compensation.
The U.S. Department of Labor has added a special exposure cohort under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Programs Act, which was established to provide compensation to workers who were exposed to radiation while working at defense plants during the Cold War.
Survivors of employees who worked at General Atomics in La Jolla between 1960 and 1969 may be eligible for compensation if the worker suffered from any of 22 cancers. Radiation exposure is presumed to be at least a contributing cause, and surviving family members may be entitled to compensation. To date the families of 159 General Atomics employees have received $18.4 million. Nationally, the program has paid out more than $10.9 billion.