Iowa Nuclear Site
The Iowa Ordnance Plant began producing munitions for the military in 1941. At first the facility was focused on producing ammunition for tanks and heavy artillery, but following World War II, the facility the facility was shut down. In 1947, the Atomic Energy Commission opened the plant up again, but this time for the production of nuclear weapons. Located in southeastern Iowa, near Middleton, the plant exposed workers to radiation and other harmful chemicals. This exposure eventually led to the development of cancers and various diseases.
The EEOICPA was created to provide compensation for workers at the Iowa Ordnance Plant and throughout the United States who became ill from their work at nuclear facilities. If you worked at the Iowa Ordnance Plant and because ill from your work, there is a strong possibility that you can get benefits to pay for your medical care. Please contact us at Twilight Health to speak with an expert who can be your guide through the benefits process.
The Iowa Ordnance Plant Benefits
After the EEOICPA was established, Iowa Ordnance Plant workers were able to get the financial assistance they needed and deserved. As of November 2017, the amount of compensation paid to Iowa Ordnance Plant workers is:
- Part B Compensation: $128,000,000
- Part E Compensation (Includes Survivor, Lump Sum, Wage Loss & Impairment): $92,685,948
- Medical Benefits: $78,688,553
The EEOICPA attempts to make amends for the illnesses that nuclear and uranium workers suffered in their work serving the country. If you or someone you care for has developed cancer or another disease from working at the Iowa Ordnance Plant, you may be able to get much-needed compensation and health care by applying for EEOICPA benefits. Our team can help you with both applying and getting your medical care. Please contact us at Twilight Health to learn more.
The Facility and Scope of Work
The Iowa Ordnance Plant included 762 buildings and 240 miles roads and rail lines. The land devoted to the plant covers over 20,000 acres. Tens of thousands of workers have been employed at the plant over its lifetime, including over 40,000 civilians.
When the Atomic Energy Commission started up the plant again after World War II, it devoted a portion of the plant to making nuclear weapons. For a short period, from 1949 to 1951, it was the only plant assembling nuclear weapons in the country. The plant not only assembled and modified nuclear weapons, it also tested them.
While the plant served an important role in national security, there was a dark side to the work. The area where the plant was located and surrounding areas were contaminated with nuclear materials, and many workers at the plant were exposed to radiation as well.
Compensation for Workers at the Iowa Ordnance Plant
The EEOICPA, or Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, was established because nuclear and uranium workers were suffering with a number of different illnesses that originated with their work at facilities like the Iowa Ordnance Plant. Workers who got sick from doing their duty should have free medical care—the EEOICPA is designed to provide it.
Compensation for the service you provided as a worker at the Iowa Ordnance Plant can include all the medical services you need to treat your work-related illness. Free medical care under EEOICPA includes visits to the doctor, medications, in-home health care, modifications to your vehicle/home, mental health care and more.
At Twilight Health, we appreciate how challenging it can be to try to navigate a benefits program while you are ill. Our team is committed to streamlining this process for you. We can not only help you apply for benefits, but also ensure you get the very best care available for your illness.
How Workers Can Qualify for Benefits
If you have an illness that is listed under the EEOICPA and it developed from your work at the Iowa Ordnance Plant, you should be able to qualify for benefits. Please contact us now to speak to a team member at Twilight Health. Let us help you get your benefits today!