Notice of Revision of Guidelines on Non-Radiogenic Cancers

February 7, 2012

In a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) as a radiogenic cancer under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) (76 FR 15268). On February 6, 2012, the final rule was published. Under the final rule, CLL will now be treated as being potentially caused by radiation and as potentially compensable under EEOICPA. This reverses the earlier decision by HHS to exclude this cancer from consideration. This change will become effective on March 7, 2012.

Please Note: The Final Rule does not add CLL to the list of “specified cancers” or qualifying cancers for the Special Exposure Cohort.

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