FARMINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting two town hall meetings in Farmington today to provide information about benefits available as part of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

The act was created to help those who became ill working in the nuclear weapons industry. The act has provided nearly $1.2 billion in compensation and medical benefits to more than 11,600 New Mexico residents. That accounts for more than 10 percent of the benefits paid as part of the act nationwide.

The town hall meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 560 Scott Ave., Farmington.

The department will also have staff on hand from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. both today and Wednesday to help process claims.