AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The workers who toiled at Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Lab and other Department of Energy operations in the San Fernando Valley area made invaluable contributions to the United States’ space exploration program and development of nuclear technology. But their jobs also brought them into close proximity with toxic chemicals and radioactive materials. That exposure might have contributed to the illnesses that some workers have developed, but, until now, many were denied even a hearing for workers’ compensation claims. That could change for many sick former lab workers, like Robert Perock who has a particularly aggressive form of leukemia, and their families who could qualify for up to $250,000 in compensation. It’s about time that the federal government recognized that these workers deserved at least a consideration that they may have given their health and lives for their jobs.