Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG)
(Site Profile/Docket Number 080)
Location: Marshall Islands, Marshall Islands
Also known as: The Pacific Proving Grounds included Bikini Atoll, Enewetak Atoll, Johnston Island (nuclear weapons testing activities only), and Christmas Island (U. S. nuclear weapons testing activities only).
Special Exposure Cohort Petition Information
The Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) is a unique category of employees established by The Act (42 CFR Part 83). Claims compensated under the SEC do not have to go through the dose reconstruction process. To qualify for compensation under the SEC, a covered employee must meet specific requirements (e.g., must have at least one of 22 "specified cancers," and have worked for a specified time period at one of the SEC sites). Classes of employees and work sites can be considered for addition to the SEC through a NIOSH petition process. More information about the Special Exposure Cohort can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Open/Active SEC Petitions
To date, there are no open/active SEC petitions from Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG).
Class(es) Added to the SEC
- Pacific Proving Grounds - Department of Energy (DOE) employees or DOE contractor or subcontractor employees who worked at the Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) from 1946 through 1962 for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters (excluding aggregate work day requirements) established for other classes of employees included in the SEC, and who were monitored or should have been monitored
Petitions Qualified for Evaluation
Below is a list of the petitions that qualified for evaluation. Select a petition on the list to view the table for that particular petition.
Petition 201946 through 1962
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January 3, 2005
Date Qualified for Evaluation
April 11, 2005
Summary of Information in Petition
Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All scientists and scientific couriers
Period of Employment: July 1, 1958 until August 31, 1958 (Operation Hardtack I)
Note: The information above is what qualified for evaluation. During our evaluation of whether dose reconstructions can adequately be completed for the above job titles and period of employment, information may cause NIOSH to change some the dates or job titles/duties. Therefore, as this petition proceeds through the SEC petition process and if an SEC class is proposed, the proposed class may not exactly match the above information.
Copy of the Petition Received
Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation
SEC Petition Evaluation Report
SEC Petition Evaluation Report [334 KB (38 pages)] October 20, 2005
Additional Information Regarding the PPG SEC Petition:
Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board
The Advisory Board discussed the PPG petition on January 25, 2006. At that time, the Advisory Board elected to continue their discussions on the PPG SEC petition at their next regular meeting set for April 25-27, 2006.
The Advisory Board continued their discussions on the PPG petition on April 26, 2006.
Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition
HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition
HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC
Federal Register Notice: Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort
Effective Date for the SEC Class
July 26, 2006
Federal Register Notice: Final Effect of Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort
Letter to DOL Regarding the Addition of a New Class of Employees to the SEC
Advisory Board Work Group on Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG)
This Work Group is responsible for a review of the Pacific Proving Grounds Site Profile and a review of the Site Profile by the Board's contractor (SC&A). The Work Group shall consider issues identified by SC&A concerning the Site Profile and shall assist NIOSH and SC&A in the resolution of such issues. The Work Group may recommend to the Board changes in the Site Profile as appropriate.
Please Note: As part of the procedures and processes of the Advisory Board’s Work Groups, several kinds of pre-decisional documents may be developed. These pre-decisional documents, such as white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. Although discussion during a public meeting may cover pre-decisional documents, these documents often are not further revised or finalized, and thus do not reflect the final determination or evaluation of the Advisory Board and its Work Groups. Additionally, some pre-decisional documents not otherwise posted on the website may contain sensitive information, which would require an interested party to obtain such documents by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the CDC/ATSDR FOIA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Group Members
- James E. Lockey (Chair)
- Henry A. Anderson, M.D.
- R. William Field, Ph.D., M.S.
- Loretta R. Valerio
1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Meeting Type: Teleconference; Public, No Comment Period
Participant Code: 9933701
Available Meeting Items:
SC&A Draft: Review of the Summary Site Profile for the Pacific Proving Grounds, Rev. 1 [2 MB (65 pages)]
Contract No. 200-2009-28555
November 5, 2013
Pre-Decisional Document Policy
Please note that as part of the procedures and processes of the Advisory Board's Work Groups, several kinds of pre-decisional documents may be developed. These pre-decisional documents, such as white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. Although discussion during a public meeting may cover pre-decisional documents, these documents often are not further revised or finalized, and thus do not reflect the final determination or evaluation of the Advisory Board and its Work Groups. Additionally, some pre-decisional documents not otherwise posted on the website may contain sensitive information, which would require an interested party to obtain such documents by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the CDC/ATSDR FOIA office at email@example.com.
If the energy employee's personal radiation information is incomplete, NIOSH will use other sources to estimate the radiation dose. This may involve using technical documents called Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins.
About this document: Revision initiated to update occupational medical and external dose information. Added excerpts to Section 1.3 from EEOICPA Bulletin No. 06-15 and EEOICPA Bulletin No. 07-05 clarifying that 83 days of continuous presence on land or ships would be equivalent to the 250-workday requirement for eligibility for compensation. Removed reference in Section 3.0 to ORAUT-PROC-0061 and added evaluation requirements under ORAUT-OTIB-0079. Provided additional information about the assignment of X-ray procedures based on various DOE responses. Revised Section 6.0 requirement to assign 95th-percentile doses from Attachment A for unmonitored workers and added requirement to Attachment A for comparison and assignment of the larger of missed plus recorded dose to the 95th-percentile doses. Removed requirement to assume beta-to-gamma ratios from the Nevada Test Site profile. Added Section 6.1 to provide beta-to-gamma ratios as a function of time after detonation and distance from source plane, which is favorable to claimants. Added Section 6.2 to provide methods for reconstructing dose from fallout from the GREENHOUSE operation for workers on contaminated islands and ships. Added Sections 6.3.1 and 6.3.2 to provide methods for determining penetrating and nonpenetrating dose. Added Section 6.3.3 for determining penetrating and nonpenetrating dose from fallout. Revised Section 7.0 to include all dose reconstruction methods. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.
Advisory Board and NIOSH Comments and Discussion Papers on Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG)
The Papers on Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) discussion papers listed below are working documents prepared by NIOSH or its contractor for use in discussions with the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health or its Working Groups or Subcommittees. Draft, preliminary, interim, and white paper documents are not final NIOSH or Advisory Board (or their technical support and review contractors) positions unless specifically marked as such. These documents represent preliminary positions taken on technical issues prepared by NIOSH or its contractor.
The discussion papers have been reviewed to identify and redact any information that is protected by the Privacy Act 5 USC §552a and have been cleared for distribution.
Contract No. 200-2009-28555
November 5, 2013
Public Comments on Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) Documents
How to Submit Comments
Comments on Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or printed comments can be mailed to:
NIOSH Docket Office
Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34
1090 Tusculum Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Please include the Site Profile/Docket Number (080) on all comments.
At this time, no comments have been submitted on Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) documents.
Document Archive for Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG)
- Site Profile: Summary Site Profile for the Pacific Proving Grounds
Revision Includes: New document to describe the Pacific Proving Ground and other oceanic test locations to enable the preparation of dose reconstructions.
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