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Lawmakers Against Moving Nuclear Workers Comp Program to NIH

April 11, 2018, 7:13 PM

Workers seeking compensation for radiation exposure could see a setback under a White House proposal to move the program to the nation’s medical research agency.

Rep. Charles J. Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) asked during an April 11 hearing why the president’s 2019 budget proposal would move sick energy worker compensation programs to the National Institutes of Health, which oversees biomedical research. Former Department of Energy workers have “serious concerns about such a move,” Fleischmann told NIH Director Francis S. Collins during a House Appropriations labor-health and human services subcommittee hearing on the agency’s 2019 funding.

“My understanding is this has been discussed...

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