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
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.
Work Group Members
- James E. Lockey (Chair)
- Henry A. Anderson, M.D.
- R. William Field, Ph.D., M.S.
- Loretta R. Valerio
- No meetings have been announced at this time
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: New document to describe the Pacific Proving Ground and other oceanic test locations to enable the preparation of dose reconstructions.
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.
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