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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 6:00am

New Review For SRS Workers With Cancer

Some former employees at the Savannah River Site near Augusta who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer may be getting some help with medical claims.

A program to compensate the cancer victims includes workers whose previous claims might have been rejected.

Gary Steinberg with the U.S. Labor Department said the new review applies to about 800 people. He said the agency also wants to hear from those who have not previously filed claims.

The program is included in an effort that has paid about $500 million to nearly 4,000 employees of the nuclear weapons complex.

The new effort is focused on those who worked at the plant between 1953 and 1972 and have been diagnosed with any of 22 types of cancer.