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Radiation Dose Reconstruction

 

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

Site Profile

  • Site Profile for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium Metals
    (Revised June 17, 2011)
    this document in PDF PDF 944 KB (55 pages)

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

    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.

    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.

    Appendices:

    Appendix BB -- General Steel Industries, Rev. 1
    (Approved June 6, 2014)
    this document in PDF PDF 893 KB (38 pages)

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

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.

  • PER 24 : General Steel Industries TBD Approval
    this document in PDF PDF 14 KB (1 page)

    Document Number: OCAS-PER-0024 Rev-00

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

    Approved: September 25, 2007

    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.


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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:

  • October 9, 2007
    Town Hall Meeting for General Steel Industries, Inc.

    Meeting with former workers from General Steel Industries, Inc., and other interested parties in Collinsville, Illinois

    Minutes
    this document in PDF PDF 80 KB (21 pages)


  • August 21-22, 2006
    General Steel Industries Worker Outreach Meeting in Collinsville, Illinois

    Note: This meeting was not sponsored by NIOSH.

    Transcript from August 21, 2006
    this document in PDF PDF 1.6 MB (62 pages)

    Transcript from August 22, 2006
    this document in PDF PDF 1.3 MB (50 pages)


  • August 11, 2006
    General Steel Industries Affidavit Testimony meeting held in East Alton, Illinois

    Note: This meeting was not sponsored by NIOSH.

    Transcript
    this document in PDF PDF 1.9 MB (171 pages)


  • July 7, 2006
    General Steel Industries Affidavit Testimony meeting held in East Alton, Illinois

    Note: This meeting was not sponsored by NIOSH.

    Transcript
    this document in PDF PDF 3.3 MB (299 pages)

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Advisory Board Work Group on TBD 6000

This Work Group is responsible for the review of the specified TBDs, as well as the Appendices that apply to specific work sites. They will also review any reports developed by the Board's contractor (SC&A) pertaining to these TBDs and the Appendices, and will assist NIOSH and SC&A in resolving issues that arise through the review process. The initial focus of the Work Group will be on Appendix BB of TBD 6000, dealing with General Steel Industries. The Work Group will make recommendations to the Board in cases where Appendices involve sites with SEC petitions. Sites currently being considered under this Work Group include Baker Brothers, Bliss & Laughlin Steel, General Steel Industries, Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co., and Simonds Saw and Steel Company.

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.

This Work Group is responsible for the review of the specified TBDs as well as the Appendices that apply to specific work sites. They will also review any reports developed by the Board's contractor (SC&A) pertaining to these TBDs and the Appendices, and will assist NIOSH and SC&A in resolving issues that arise through the review process. The initial focus of the Work Group will be on Appendix BB of TBD 6000, dealing with General Steel Industries. The Work Group will make recommendations to the Board in cases where Appendices involve sites with SEC petitions.

  • Work Group Members

    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

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

      9:30 a.m. (Eastern time)

      This meeting is open to the public, but without a public comment period. Teleconference call access is available for this meeting and it is limited only by the number of ports available. To access the meeting via the teleconference call access, you must dial 1-866-659-0537. To be automatically connected to the meeting, you will need to enter the following participant code: 9933701.

      Agenda
      this document in PDF PDF 21 KB (2 pages)

      Transcript
      this document in PDF PDF 688 KB (329 pages)

      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 documents, which can include white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among the Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. The discussions during the above meeting may cover a pre-decisional document. Because these types of documents are pre-decisional in nature, may contain sensitive information, and may change over time, they are not posted on our Web site. These finalized, reviewed and redacted pre-decisional documents are also available to other interested parties through an appropriate Freedom of Information Act request. Requests for documents not in the public domain should be submitted to the CDC/ATSDR Freedom of Information Act Office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

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

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

      9:30 a.m. (Eastern time)

      This meeting is open to the public, but without a public comment period. Teleconference call access is available for this meeting and it is limited only by the number of ports available. To access the meeting via the teleconference call access, you must dial 1-866-659-0537. To be automatically connected to the meeting, you will need to enter the following participant code: 9933701.

      An agenda will be provided at a later date.

      Transcript
      this document in PDF PDF 764 KB (351 pages)

      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 documents, which can include white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among the Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. The discussions during the above meeting may cover a pre-decisional document. Because these types of documents are pre-decisional in nature, may contain sensitive information, and may change over time, they are not posted on our Web site. These finalized, reviewed and redacted pre-decisional documents are also available to other interested parties through an appropriate Freedom of Information Act request. Requests for documents not in the public domain should be submitted to the CDC/ATSDR Freedom of Information Act Office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

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

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

      10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)

      This meeting is open to the public, but without a public comment period. Teleconference call access is available for this meeting and it is limited only by the number of ports available. To access the meeting via the teleconference call access, you must dial 1-866-659-0537. To be automatically connected to the meeting, you will need to enter the following participant code: 9933701.

      An agenda will be provided at a later date.

      Transcript
      this document in PDF PDF 596 KB (335 pages)

      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 documents, which can include white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among the Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. The discussions during the above meeting may cover a pre-decisional document. Because these types of documents are pre-decisional in nature, may contain sensitive information, and may change over time, they are not posted on our Web site. These finalized, reviewed and redacted pre-decisional documents are also available to other interested parties through an appropriate Freedom of Information Act request. Requests for documents not in the public domain should be submitted to the CDC/ATSDR Freedom of Information Act Office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

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

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

      9:30 a.m. (Eastern time)

      This meeting is open to the public, but without a public comment period. Teleconference call access is available for this meeting and it is limited only by the number of ports available. To access the meeting via the teleconference call access, you must dial 1-866-659-0537. To be automatically connected to the meeting, you will need to enter the following participant code: 9933701.

      An agenda will be provided at a later date.

      Transcript
      this document in PDF PDF 707 KB (340 pages)

      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 documents, which can include white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among the Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. The discussions during the above meeting may cover a pre-decisional document. Because these types of documents are pre-decisional in nature, may contain sensitive information, and may change over time, they are not posted on our Web site. These finalized, reviewed and redacted pre-decisional documents are also available to other interested parties through an appropriate Freedom of Information Act request. Requests for documents not in the public domain should be submitted to the CDC/ATSDR Freedom of Information Act Office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

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Advisory Board and NIOSH Comments and Discussion Papers 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.

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Public Comments on GSI Documents

How to Submit Comments

Members of the public can provide comments on GSI documents. Comments should be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by e-mail at NIOCINDOCKET@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:

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Special Exposure Cohort Petition Information for GSI


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.


Class(es) Added to the SEC

Not applicable at this time.


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

    (Note: This class was established from Petition 105)

SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation

Not applicable at this time.


Petitions Qualified for Evaluation

To date, one petition from GSI has qualified for evaluation. The left-hand column of the table below shows the various steps in the SEC petitioning process. The right-hand column of the table contains information related to the GSI petition.

Petition 105
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 petitioning 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
this document in PDF PDF 816 KB (18 pages)

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a GSI SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

June 17, 2008
this document in PDF PDF 76 KB (1 page)

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

October 3, 2008
this document in PDF PDF 267 KB (39 pages)

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

October 3, 2008

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on February 18, 2009, June 20, 2012, September 19, 2012, and December 11, 2012, during its regular meetings.

Note: the agenda and transcripts from this meeting are available on the Advisory Board and Public Meetings page.

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition

January 31, 2013
this document in PDF PDF 32 KB (1 page)

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

March 6, 2013
this document in PDF PDF 84 KB (9 page)

HHS Determination Concerning a Petition for Employees from GSI

March 6, 2013
this document in PDF PDF 40 KB (4 pages)

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

March 26, 2013
this document in PDF PDF 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.

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Previous Versions of GSI Documents

Appendix BB -- General Steel Industries
(Approved June 25, 2007)
this document in PDF PDF 82 KB (12 pages)

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Page last updated: July 18, 2014
Page last reviewed: August 10, 2013
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Compensation Analysis and Support