To provide advocacy, technical assistance, and to act as a liaison for those claimant’s whose claims have been denied or who encountered obstacles with the claims process.
The New Mexico Office of Nuclear Workers Advocacy (ONWA) was established in 2007 and is the only one of its kind in the nation. Our office assists nuclear workers who have become ill as a result of the occupational exposures received while working for contractors or subcontractors of Department of Energy (DOE) facilities or in the uranium mining industries throughout New Mexico.
New Mexico is home to numerous DOE facilities and uranium mines. Thousands of workers have filed for consideration of benefits through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICP). Unfortunately, hundreds of claims have been denied.
NMED ONWA has been instrumental in:
- Assisting claimants in overturning denial
- Receiving compensation and medical benefits
Workers who suffer from cancer, asbestosis, beryllium disease, and other occupational illnesses may be entitled to benefits, however, the claims process is complicated and can be overwhelming. Our office staff is dedicated to our clients and strives to provide excellent customer service in working to resolve complications encountered by the claimant.
The Office of Nuclear Workers’ Advocacy networks with representatives of DOE, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and congressional and legislative leaders in an effort to resolve claimant concerns.
New Mexico DOE Facilities include:
- Accurate Machine Tool
- Albuquerque Operations Office
- Chupadera Mesa
- Hanger 481
- Kirtland Operations Office
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
- Ore Buying Station at Grants, N.M.
- Ore Buying Station at Shiprock
- Project Gasbuggy Nuclear Explosion Site
- Project Gnome Nuclear Explosion Site
- Sandia National Laboratories
- South Albuquerque Works
- Trinity Nuclear Explosion Site
- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)
Office of Nuclear
Loretta Valerio – Director
1190 St. Frances Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Phone: (505) 827-1636
Fax: (505) 827-1647