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Introduced in Senate (05/09/2000)

Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000 - Finds that civilian employees who performed duties in the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons production program over the last 50 years should have efficient, uniform, and adequate compensation for beryllium-related health conditions and radiation-related health conditions in order to assure fairness and equity.

Title I: Compensation and Benefits for Illnesses Related to Beryllium Exposure - Directs the Secretary of Labor, for allowed claims, to pay compensation for disability or death, reimburse covered employees for costs and medical expenses, and take other actions regarding exposure to beryllium in the performance of duty. Allows a covered employee or their survivor to elect an alternative compensation of $200,000 plus specified benefits. Establishes the Energy Employees' Beryllium Compensation Fund.

Title II: Compensation and Benefits for Illnesses Related to Exposure to Ionizing Radiation, Silica, and Hazardous Substances - Subtitle A: Cancer and Related Illnesses - Directs the Secretary of Labor, for allowed claims, to pay compensation for disability or death, reimburse covered employees for costs and medical expenses, and take other actions regarding exposure to ionizing radiation, a hazardous substance, or silica in the performance of duty. Allows a covered employee or their survivor to elect an alternative compensation of $200,000 plus specified benefits.

Subtitle B: Other Illnesses - Allows any covered employee (or their survivor) who can establish that exposure to a hazardous substance at a facility of the Department of Energy (DOE) or of a DOE contractor or uranium vendor was a contributing factor to an illness or disease other than certain illnesses to submit a claim for compensation and benefits under subtitle A.

Directs the Secretary of Labor, if the Secretary is unable to make an affirmative claim determination, to refer the claim to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish physicians panels for evaluation of referred claims. Creates an advisory group to establish a list of illnesses and diseases that are presumed to be attributable to work at a facility of the DOE or of a DOE contractor or uranium vendor.

Subtitle C: General Provisions - Establishes the Nuclear Employees' Radiation Compensation Fund.