To the editor:
We are happy to report that the U. S. Congress has reformed the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
It now will go to President Bush for his signature.
The new legislation allows nuclear weapons workers who were made ill by workplace exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation receive compensation and medical benefits without the need to pursue the claim through the Colorado State Workers' Compensation system. This is a blessing to all the sick workers and their families.
There is a long list of people we wish to thank -- my family, friends, neighbors and co-workers for their constant support during my five-year fight for fair compensation. Signing petitions, contacting our legislators and prayers have gone a long way in achieving this goal; the Craig Daily Press for its coverage and editorial in support of the workers.
This, too, helped correct the failing program.
I also express my gratitude to the Colorado U.S. Reps. Scott McInnis, Mark Udall, Bob Beauprez, Tom Tancredo, Diana DeGette and Marilyn Musgrave for signing the "dear conferee" letter.
And to the conferees themselves, including Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Joel Hefley for agreeing to these reforms.
George and Terrie Barrie