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Former Savannah River Site workers with cancer may get help

12:42 AM, Apr 11, 2012   |    comments
Savannah River Site K reactor control room, near Aiken, South Carolina
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AIKEN, S.C. -- Some former employees at the Savannah River Site near Aiken who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer may be getting some help with medical claims.

A program to compensate the cancer victims includes workers whose previous claims might have been rejected.

Gary Steinberg with the U.S. Labor Department says the new review applies to about 800 people. Steinberg says the agency also wants to hear from those who have not previously filed claims.

The program is included in an effort has paid about $500 million to nearly 4,000 employees of the nuclear weapons complex.

The new effort is focused on those who worked at the plant between 1953 and 1972 and have been diagnosed with any of 22 types of cancer.

(Associated Press)

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