Compensation & Medical Benefits

As part of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA), workers at Savannah River Site (SRS) may be eligible for up to $400,000 in compensation and medical benefits

NWIA is here to help!

SRS workers looking for more information on qualifying for benefits should contact us or visit our EEOICPA eligibility page to learn more.

Brief History

Savannah River Site conducted multiple operations from 1950 until the late 1980s, which played a major role in the nuclear weapons complex of the United States. SRS was most influential in the production of tritium and plutonium.

A vast array of facilities were constructed at Savannah River Site to support these production efforts and to address their resulting environmental remediation necessary. The site included two chemical separation plants, a nuclear fuel and target fabrication facility, five nuclear reactors, a heavy water plant, and waste management facilities.

Since the sites inception, the potential for exposure to beryllium existed at this site. Beryllium usage in weapons production, residual contamination, and remediation activities all potentially exposed workers to unsafe levels of beryllium.

SRS, to this day, is a key Department of Energy facility that plays an important role in defending our nation. It’s one of the few sites still operational responsible for nuclear weapons stockpile and ensuring future nuclear production ability.

Special Exposure Cohort

Savannah River Site has successfully petitioned for certain workers to be covered under the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC)

What this means is for those workers who meet the SEC criteria, their claims can be approved faster.

The following SEC criteria apply for SRS workers:

  • Worked at the Savannah River Site from January 1, 1953, through September 30, 1972, for at least 250 work days
  • Diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers

The official release is also included below:

All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Savannah River Site from January 1, 1953, through September 30, 1972, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort.

SRS Resource Center

Contact information for the Savannah River Site Resource Center

Local Address:
1708 Bunting Drive
North Augusta, SC 29841 – Map & Directions

Office Manager:
Karen Hillman

(803) 279-2728 (Phone)
(803) 279-0146 (Fax)
(866) 666-4606 (Toll Free)

Learn more about EEOICPA resource centers

Local Unions

Unions can be a valuable source of information and documentation for employment verification and digging up records necessary to file under EEOICPA.

United Steelworkers International Union

USW Local 983 Branch Address:
792 Greenwood Drive
North Augusta, SC 29841

Contact Info:
Phone: 706-798-5711 ext.5222
Email: [email protected]
Local 983 Website

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

IBEW Local Union 1579 Branch Address:
1250 Reynolds Street
Augusta, GA 30901

Contact Info:
Phone: 706-722-6357
Fax: 706-724-9792
Local Union 1579 Website

Other Resources

SRS Retiree Association

The SRS Retiree Association is a group formed to protect the benefits and rights of SRS current and former employees.

The group runs a resource center located at:

Aiken Electric Co-op Community Room,

2748 Wagener Road, Aiken, SC

Open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Savannah River Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Savannah River Cancer Foundation is to provide help to anyone affected by cancer in the South Carolina counties of Aiken, Edgefield, Allendale and Barnwell, and to promote the early detection and prevention of cancer.

Executive Director
[email protected]

803-649-LIFE (803-649-5433)

United Way Building in Downtown Aiken
235 Barnwell Avenue NW
Aiken, SC 29801

Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Assistance Appointments: Monday – Thursday 11am-2pm
Friday: By Appointment Only

SRS Heritage Foundation

The SRS Heritage Foundation is an organization established to preserve and interpret the role of the Savannah River Site (SRS) in winning the Cold War.

It focuses on technical and scientific achievements, sociological impacts, and ecological accomplishments. Activities include a range of education and outreach programs.