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Feed Materials Production Center

(Site Profile/Docket Number 024)

Location: Fernald, Ohio

Also known as: Fernald, Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), FERMCO

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

There is one open/active SEC petition from the Feed Materials Production Center (FMPC), (Petition 46).

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of DOE, DOE contractors, or subcontractors who worked at all locations at the Feed Materials Production Center (FMPC) in Fernald, Ohio, also known as the Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), from January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort

    This class was established from Petition 46.

  • All employees of the Feed Materials Production Center (FMPC) in Fernald, Ohio, who were not employed by National Lead of Ohio, NLO, or the Department of Energy or its predecessor agencies, who worked at FMPC from January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort

    Note: This class was established from Petition 46.

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Feed Materials Production Center (FMPC) in Fernald, Ohio, from January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort

    Note: This class was established from Petition 46.

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 46 (Jan 1, 1951 to Dec 31, 1989)

Petition 46
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:
Date Received

 
December 12, 2005

 
Date Qualified for Evaluation

 
April 6, 2006

 

Summary of Information in Petition

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All employees of DOE, DOE contractors and subcontractors

Period of Employment: January 1, 1951 through December 31, 1989

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

Pages 1-98 [3.6 MB (98 pages)]

Pages 99-190 [3.0 MB (92 pages)]

Pages 191-280 [2.8 MB (90 pages)]

Pages 281-380 [2.7 MB (100 pages)]

Pages 381-492 [3.5 MB (112 pages)]

Supplemental Petition items:

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Feed Materials Production Center SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

April 19, 2006 [42 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1951 through December 31, 1989)

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

November 3, 2006 [2.2 MB (74 page)]
(January 1, 1951 through December 31, 1989)

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

November 3, 2006
(January 1, 1951 through December 31, 1989)

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board discussed the petition on February 8, 2007; January 10, 2008; February 24, 2011; May 24, 2011; August 24, 2011, and February 29, 2012, during its regular meetings.

Note: the agenda for this meeting is available on the Advisory Board and Public Meetings page.

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition

May 29, 2012 [34 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1968 through December 31, 1978)

August 28, 2013 [33 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

August 28, 2013 [34 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

June 27, 2012 [65 KB (10 pages)]
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

September 30, 2013 [168 KB (9 pages)]
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

September 30, 2013 [215 KB (10 pages)]
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC

June 27, 2012 [33 KB (5 pages)]
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

September 30, 2013 [38 KB (4 pages)]
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

September 30, 2013 [40 KB (5 pages)]
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

Federal Register Notice: Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

July 6, 2012 [50 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

July 19, 2012 - CORRECTION [51 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

Note: the original designation posted in the Federal Register Notice on July 6, 2012, was incorrect. HHS published a notice of correction on July 19, 2012. The effective date for the SEC class remains unchanged

October 29, 2013 [104 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

October 29, 2013 [50 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

Effective Date for the SEC Class

July 27, 2012
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

October 30, 2013
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

October 30, 2013
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

Federal Register Notice: Final Effect of Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

August 3, 2012 [49 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

November 27, 2013 [61 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

November 27, 2013 [56 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

Letter to DOL Regarding the Addition of a New Class of Employees to the SEC

July 31, 2012 [62 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1968, through December 31, 1978)

November 4, 2013 [64 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1951, through December 31, 1983)

November 4, 2013 [64 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1954, through December 31, 1967)

SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation

There were two additional petitions received but did not qualify for evaluation. The petitions did not meet the minimum petition requirements for evaluation.

Worker Outreach Activities

Based on a recommendation from the Advisory Board to provide workers and site experts with opportunities to participate in developing the technical documents used in dose reconstruction, NIOSH established a Worker Outreach Program.

At Worker Outreach Meetings, current and former DOE and AWE employees have opportunities to obtain information about Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins, and to provide information for consideration and possible use in dose reconstruction. This process is valuable to ensure that the technical documents used in dose reconstruction contain correct and useful information.

Worker Outreach Activities for the Feed Materials Production Center:

Advisory Board Work Group on Fernald

Work Group Members:

  • Bradley P. Clawson (Chair)
  • Phillip Schofield
  • Paul L. Ziemer, Ph.D.

Meeting Information:

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 with the CDC/ATSDR FOIA office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

Technical Documents

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.

Site Profile

  • Introduction [280 KB (12 pages)]

    Revised August 5, 2016

    Revision Includes: Changes title to Feed Materials Production Center, to add Special Exposure Cohort information, and to incorporate minor changes and corrections to ensure consistency across this Site Profile. Includes editorial changes. No changes occurred as a result of formal internal review. Incorporates formal NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

  • Site Description [290 KB (44 pages)]
    Revised March 31, 2014

    Revision Includes: Updates site information and Special Exposure Cohort information. Changes title to use Feed Materials Production Center rather than Fernald Environmental Management Project. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

  • Occupational Medical Dose [244 KB (22 pages)]
    Revised January 2, 2014
  • Occupational Environmental Dose [6 MB (64 pages)]

    Revised September 22, 2016

    Revision Includes: Revision initiated to correct a unit conversion error in the calculational excel spreadsheet. The value 27.027 was incorrectly assigned to a spreadsheet variable named “BqPERpCi” that was used in several calculations. It was replaced by the correct value of 0.037. The variable was used only in the calculation of intake rates and air concentration after 1988. Corrections are made to the effected values in Tables 4-2, 4-17 and 4-18. The correction has the effect of reducing the intake rate during 1989 and subsequent years by a factor of 0.00137 for all radionuclides, except radon. The correction also reduces the uranium, Th-230 and radon air concentrations presented in Table 4-17 and 4-18 by a factor of 0.00137. Additionally, the specific activity values defined in ORAUT-TKBS-0017-5 for 1% and 2% enriched uranium were used in the revised calculation spreadsheet. The recycled uranium radionuclides and contaminant concentrations specified were applied. The result is a modified Table 4-2. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments.

  • Occupational Internal Dose [5 MB (189 pages)]

    Revised September 30, 2016

    Revision Includes: Revised to correct Recycled Uranium (RU) contaminant intakes (Bq/Bq/ U) in Table 5-34. Corrected Silo activity concentration for Ra-228 and Th-228 and modified silo activities from percentage to activity fractions in Table 5-13. Corrected “Ratios of silo 1 and silo 2 nuclides to 226Ra” Table 5-16 and “Ratios of silos 1, 2, and 3 nuclides to 230Th” Table 5-17. Corrected typos. Incorporates formal internal review comments.

  • Occupational External Dose [669 KB (54 pages)]
    Revised March 25, 2014

    Revision Includes: Adds Purpose, Scope, and Special Exposure Cohort sections. Includes additional neutron information. Updates and adds references including but not limited to ORAUT-OTIB-0017, ORAUT-OTIB-0012, ORAUT-OTIB-0020, ORAUT-OTIB-0055, and DCAS-TIB-0013. Incorporates changes in response to formal internal and NIOSH review comments and Sanford Cohen & Associates matrix issues. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs)

  • Internal Dosimetry Coworker Data for the Feed Materials Production Center-CANCELED
    Formerly titled "Internal Dosimetry Coworker Data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project"

    Document Number: ORAUT-OTIB-0078 Rev-03

    Note: There is no longer a need to keep this information in a stand-alone document. The information contained in this document has been incorporated into ORAUT-TKBS-0017-5 Rev 01, Feed Materials Production Center – Occupational Internal Dose. This document is located in the Document Archive section of this page.

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on Fernald

The documents listed under this section were prepared by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (or their technical support contractor) or NIOSH. Some of the items listed below are working documents and were developed for discussion purposes only. The documents represent preliminary positions taken on technical issues. Draft, preliminary, interim, and white paper documents are not final positions unless specifically marked as such.

The documents below have been reviewed to identify and redact any information that is protected by the Privacy Act 5 USC §552a and has been cleared for distribution.

Public Comments on Feed Materials Production Center Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Feed Materials Production Center Documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email at nioshdocket@cdc.gov 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 (024) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted.

Document Archive for Feed Materials Production Center

  • Site Profile: Introduction Section

  • Site Description [1.4 MB (83 pages)]
    Approved May 20, 2004
  • Occupational Medical Dose [216 KB (26 pages)]

    Approved February 11, 2004

  • Site Profile: Occupational Environmental Dose Section
    • Revised December 3, 2015 [2 MB (65 pages)]

      Revision Includes: Modifies the K-65 radon emissions from the median value to the 95th-percentile value, to include Am-241 in the list of radionuclides that contaminate recycled uranium, and to address S. Cohen & Associates comments. These revisions were made to an auditable set of calculations in an updated referenced spreadsheet. Incorporates minor changes made for clarification purposes. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

    • Revised March 13, 2014 [1.6 MB (65 pages)]

      Revision Includes: Changes site name to Feed Materials Production Center. Incorporates Sanford Cohen & Associates matrix issues. Adds Special Exposure Cohort information and includes additional references, updates, and personnel radon exposure data information. Incorporates an auditable set of calculations in a referenced spreadsheet. Combines all intake rate calculations into a single spreadsheet available in the Site Research Database and deletes Attachment E, which contained sample exposure calculations and the detailed calculation results, and Attachment F, which contained the exposure rate calculation results. After 1988, operations ceased, environmental monitoring was increased, and so the Exposure Areas (EA) used to define intakes prior to 1989 is replaced by the standard approach defined in ORAUT-PROC-0031. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

    • Revised February 7, 2006 [4.6 MB (110 pages)]

      Revision Includes: Adds NIOSH "boilerplate" language. Adds totals to tables 4.2a and b,, revises tables 4.9a and b to include Radon-222, table 4-10a to include intakes uranium and non uranium radionuclides and table 4-10b to include site wide intakes of Radon-222, adds radon-222 concentrations in Table 4A in Appendix A. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

    • Approved April 6, 2004 [3.3 MB (83 pages)]
  • Site Profile: Occupational Internal Dose
    • Revised July 22, 2016 [5 MB (188 pages)]

      Revision Includes: Revised in response to Task 5 dose reconstruction needs for clarification. Added Purpose, Scope, and Special Exposure Cohort sections to Section 1.0. Revised to incorporate responses to comments and responses in various white papers that were consolidated into ORAUT-RPRT-0052. Incorporated changes in response to formal internal and NIOSH review comments and Sanford Cohen & Associates matrix issues. Revised to reflect changes resulting from Special Exposure Cohort designations. Revised recycled uranium mixture and default uranium enrichment assumptions. Added 241Am and other radionuclides as recycled uranium contaminants. Added instructions for interpretation of in vivo data including methods for calculating thorium, thoron, unsupported radium, and raffinate exposures, including 226Ra from radon breath analysis results. Incorporated supporting documents pertaining to rationale for 400 ppb U Pu, uranium (ORAUT-OTIB-0078) and thorium coworker intakes, assignment of thorium dose based on 10% of the derived air concentrations, thoron exposures, and effective derived air concentrations. Updated and added references, as appropriate. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

    • Revised May 28, 2004 [482 KB (42 pages)]

      Revision Includes: New Technical Basis Document for the Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) – Occupational Internal Dose.

    • Revised April 20, 2004 [365 KB (36 pages)]

      Revision Includes: New technical basis document for Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) – Occupational External Dose.

  • ORAUT-OTIB-0073 Rev-00: External Coworker Dosimetry Data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project [147 KB (12 pages)]-CANCELED
    September 22, 2008

    About this Document: Provides information to allow dose reconstructors to assign doses at the Fernald Environmental Management Project to certain workers who have no or limited monitoring data, based on site coworker data.

    Please Note: This document was canceled. There is no longer a need to keep this information in a stand-alone document.  The information contained in this document has been incorporated into ORAUT-TKBS-0017-6 Rev 01, Feed Materials Production Center – Occupational External Dose.

  • ORAUT-OTIB-0078 Rev-01: Internal Dosimetry Coworker Data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project
    Currently titled "Internal Dosimetry Coworker Data for the Feed Materials Production Center"

    • Revised August 19, 2015 [701 KB (23 pages)]
      Formerly titled "Internal Dosimetry Coworker Data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project"

      Document Number: ORAUT-OTIB-0078 Rev-03

      About this Document: Provides coworker data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project workers.

      Revised: August 19, 2015

      Revision Includes: Incorporates the latest time-weighted one person–one statistic modeling techniques from ORAUT-RPRT-0053, Revision 02, Analysis of Stratified Coworker Datasets. The enrichment assumption used prior to 1957 has been changed to 1% enriched uranium. Renamed the document to Internal Dosimetry Coworker Data for the Feed Materials Production Center

    • Revised December 12, 2012 [302 KB (23 pages)]

      Document Number: ORAUT-OTIB-0078 Rev-02

      About this Document: Provides coworker data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project workers.

      Revision Includes: Incorporates code "50" bioassay results into the modeling and utilize the latest one person–one sample modeling techniques per ORAUT-RPRT-0053, Analysis of Stratified Coworker Datasets in response to an Advisory Board Work Group issue. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

    • Revised June 3, 2010 [459 KB (27 pages)]

      Document Number: ORAUT-OTIB-0078 Rev-01

      Revision Includes: Incorporates the option for dose reconstructors to use 95th percentile intake rates in response to an Advisory Board Work Group issue. No changes occurred as a result of formal internal review. Incorporates NIOSH review comments.

      About this Document: Incorporates the option for dose reconstructors to use 95th percentile intake rates in response to an Advisory Board Work Group issue. No changes occurred as a result of formal internal review. Incorporates NIOSH review comments.

    • August 31, 2009 [363 KB (27 pages)]

      About this Document: New Technical Information Bulletin to provide coworker data for the Fernald Environmental Management Project workers. Incorporates formal internal, NIOSH, and Advisory Board review comments.

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