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More former Hanford workers eligible for money

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal Labor Department is notifying all former workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation that they maybe eligible for money if they developed cancer from radiation exposure.

The federal government has agreed to expand automatic compensation of $150,000 and medical coverage to any Hanford worker who developed a qualifying cancer and who worked for at least 250 days from Oct. 1, 1943 through June 30, 1972.

Survivors may also file for compensation. The action was recommended in October by a federal advisory board. Previously, only workers assigned to specific Hanford areas were eligible for compensation.