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Former Piketon uranium workers find advocate in Cold War Patriots group via The Columbus Dispatch

Peggy Scott received a flag during one of the Cold War Patriots meetings held in southern Ohio last month, but this wasn’t just any flag.

This flag had flown over the Capitol Building on Feb. 17.

Her husband, Jim Scott, died on Feb. 7 after working in the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant for more than 40 years. The Pike County plant produced enriched uranium for defense and commercial uses until 2001. The plant, located just south of Piketon, was placed in cold shutdown in 2010 and is being cleaned and redeveloped for future use.
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The organization helps members with the resources needed to successfully navigate the two government programs created to help former radiation workers: the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

When the group was in southern Ohio, the conversation mainly focused on the illness compensation program. From 50 to 60 people attended the meetings.

Enacted in 2001, the program offers compensation and medical benefits to eligible Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers, as well as compensation to eligible survivors.

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