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General Steel Industries (GSI)

(Site Profile/Docket Number 140)

Location: Granite City, Illinois

Also known as: Old Betatron Building, General Steel Castings, Granite City Steel, National Steel Company

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 currently one open/active SEC petition from GSI (Petition 105). To see what actions remain for this SEC petition, please refer to the table below.

Classes Not Added to the SEC

  • All individuals who worked in any location at the General Steel Industries site, located at 1417 State Street, Granite City, Illinois, from January 1, 1953, through June 30, 1966, and/or during the residual radiation period from July 1, 1966, through December 31, 1992

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.

Petitions

Petition 105Jan 1, 1953 to Dec 31 1992

Petition 105
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:
Date Received

February 25, 2008

Date Qualified for Evaluation

May 5, 2008

Summary of Information in Petition

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All individuals who worked in any location

Period of Employment: January 1, 1953 through December 31, 1966, and/or during the residual contamination period from January 1, 1967 through December 31, 1992

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

GSI Petition [816 KB (18 pages)]

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a General Steel Industries (GSI) SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

June 17, 2008 [76 KB (1 page)]

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

October 3, 2008 [267 KB (39 pages)]

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on February 18, 2009, June 20, 2012, and September 19, 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

January 31, 2013 [32 KB (1 page]

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

March 6, 2013 [84 KB (9 page)]

HHS Determination Concerning a Petition to Add Additional Members to the SEC

Determination

March 6, 2013 [40 KB (4 pages)]

Federal Register Notice: Determination Concerning a Petition to Add a Class of Employees to the Special Exposure Cohort

Determination

March 26, 2013 [74 KB (1 page)]

Effective Date for the SEC Class

Not applicable at this time.

Note: this only applies if the class is added to the SEC.

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

Not applicable at this time.

Note: this only applies if the class is added to the SEC.

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

Not applicable at this time.

Note: this only applies if the class is added to the SEC.

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.

Below are the Worker Outreach Activities for AWE Site Wide Documents:

Advisory Board Work Group on TBD 6000

  • Paul L. Ziemer, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Josie Beach
  • John W. Poston, Sr.
  • Wanda I. Munn

Meeting Information:

Advisory Board Work Group on TBD 6000/6001, Appendix BB

This Work Group no longer exists. In March 2010, this Work Group was divided into two separate Work Groups--Advisory Board Work Group on TBD 6000 and Advisory Board Work Group on TBD 6001.

  • Paul L. Ziemer, Ph.D.-Chair
  • Josie Beach
  • Mark Griffon
  • John W. Poston, Sr.
  • Wanda I. Munn--Alternate

Meeting Information:

  • December 16, 2009 Meeting of the Advisory Board's Work Group on TBD 6000/6001, Appendix BB

    Time/Location:

    9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Face-to-Face; Public, No Comment Period

    Cincinnati Airport Marriott 2395 Progress Dr. Hebron, KY 41048 Phone: (859) 586-0166

    Teleconference: +1-866-659-0537
    Participant Code: 9933701

    Available Meeting Items:

  • October 14, 2009 Meeting of the Advisory Board's Work Group on TBD 6000/6001, Appendix BB

    Time/Location:

    9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Face-to-Face; Public, No Comment Period

    Cincinnati Airport Marriott 2395 Progress Dr. Hebron, KY 41048 Phone: (859) 586-0166

    Teleconference: +1-866-659-0537
    Participant Code: 9933701

    Available Meeting Items:

  • March 11, 2009 Meeting of the Advisory Board's Work Group on TBD 6000/6001, Appendix BB

    Time/Location:

    10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Face-to-Face; Public, No Comment Period

    Cincinnati Airport Marriott 2395 Progress Dr. Hebron, KY 41048 Phone: (859) 586-0166

    Teleconference: +1-866-659-0537
    Participant Code: 9933701

    Available Meeting Items:

  • November 10, 2008 Meeting of the Advisory Board's Work Group on TBD 6000/6001, Appendix BB

    Time/Location:

    9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Face-to-Face; Public, No Comment Period

    Cincinnati Airport Marriott 2395 Progress Dr. Hebron, KY 41048 Phone: (859) 586-0166 Fax:(505) 986-6439

    Available Meeting Items:

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

  • Site Profile for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium Metals [944 KB (55 pages)]

    Revised June 17, 2011

    Previously titled "Site Profile for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium and Thorium Metals"

    Revision Includes: Incorporates review comments. Added external beta dose from surface contamination. Expanded discussion in section 3.3.1. Additional editorial changes and typographical error corrections.

    About this Document: This document provides an exposure matrix for workers at AWE facilities that performed metal-working operations with uranium metal. Over 110 facilities performed these operations, and this document intends to provide guidance for dose reconstruction at any of these facilities. The main body of this document, in Sections 2-6, includes general discussions of operations and exposure conditions at these facilities. Following the main body of this document is a collection of appendices, with one appendix for each AWE site that performed metal-working operations. Each appendix contains site-specific information that can be used for dose reconstruction. For those sites where this information is insufficient or totally lacking, the dose reconstructor must use information in the main body of the Site Profile.

    Appendices:

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on General Steel Industries (GSI)

The General Steel Industries (GSI) 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.

Program Evaluation Plans (PEPs) and Program Evaluation Reports (PERs)

NIOSH is committed to applying the best available science in dose reconstructions. In keeping with this commitment, completed cases with probabilities of causation less than 50% are reviewed as relevant new information becomes available. The results of these reviews are described in a Program Evaluation Report (PER). The PER details the effect, if any, of the new information on the completed dose reconstruction. If it appears that the new information may result in an increase in dose for a completed dose reconstruction with a probability of causation of less than 50%, NIOSH is committed to working with the Department of Labor to reopen and rework the dose reconstruction, as appropriate. A Program Evaluation Plan (PEP) describes plans for evaluating specific program details or issues.

  • OCAS-PER-0024 Rev-00: Program Evaluation Report: General Steel Industries TBD Approval [14 KB (1 page)]

    September 25, 2007

    About this Document: New document to determine which previously completed claims require evaluation for the effect of approving a GSI TBD.

    Summary: There were 4 General Steel Industries claims completed with a probability of causation below 50% prior to the approval of the TBD. These were completed using ORAUT-OTIB-0004. Since the new document describes a higher dose for some of the dose estimate, it is necessary to revise these dose estimates to determine the effect. NIOSH is requesting that these claims be returned for a new dose estimate. A new dose reconstruction will be completed for each of the claims using the latest revision to the General Steel Industries TBD.

Public Comments on General Steel Industries (GSI) Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on General Steel Industries (GSI) 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 (140) on all comments.

Comments Received

Document Archive for General Steel Industries (GSI)

 
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