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NIOSH Program Area:

Radiation Dose Reconstruction

 

Huntington Pilot Plant
(Site Profile/Docket Number 017)

Location: Huntington, West Virginia

Also Known As: Reduction Pilot Plant

Technical Basis Document


Technical Basis Document for the Huntington Pilot Plant, Huntington, West Virginia
(December 12, 2013)
this document in PDF PDF 457 KB (32 pages)

Revision Includes:
Adds values of Am-241, Th-230, and Tc-99 to Tables 4 and 5. Changes (corrects) the header of the fourth column of Table A-2 to "Photons per hour per Ci 238U." Corrects three errors in the text of Section 6.2 describing dose and dose rates (actual doses reported for dose reconstructions in Table 6 were correct). Incorporates formal review comments.

Note: Supersedes "Basis for Development of an Exposure Matrix for Huntington Pilot Plant"

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Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs)

At the current time, there are no TIBs for the Huntington Pilot Plant.

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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 25: Huntington Pilot Plant TBD Revision
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    Document Number: OCAS-PER-025 Rev-0

    About this Document: New document to determine which previously completed claims require evaluation for the effect of revising the Huntington Pilot Plant TBD.

    Approved: September 28, 2007

    Summary: There was one Huntington Pilot Plant claims completed for the above target organs with a probability of causation below 50% prior to 1/16/2004. NIOSH is requesting that this claim be returned for a new dose estimate. A new dose reconstruction will be completed using the latest revision to the Huntington Pilot Plant TBD.


  • PER 33: Reduction Pilot Plant TBD Revision
    this document in PDF PDF 112 KB (3 pages)

    Document Number: DCAS-PER-033 Rev-0

    About this Document: Determines affect of revising the Reduction Pilot Plant TBD on previously completed claims.

    Approved: December 9, 2011

    Summary: Several changes in the Dose Reconstruction methodology occurred in the revision to the TBD. Most changes reflect a decrease in the estimated dose. However, the estimate of internal dose increased from 1956 through 1963 and for 1978 and 1979. The inhalation estimate for operators went from approximately 3.83 pCi/day (1400 pCi/yr) to 44 pCi/day. The original intake was the geometric mean of a lognormal distribution with a geometric standard deviation of 4.3. The new estimate is a single bounding value. While the internal dose estimate increased, other exposure pathways decreased. Due to the nature of some of the changes, the magnitude of the effect on individual dose estimates will vary from claim to claim.

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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 the Huntington Pilot Plant:

  • March 23, 2010
    Meeting with Members of United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 40 and Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR)

    Final Minutes
    this document in PDF PDF 75 KB (12 pages)

  • January 5, 2006
    Meeting with United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 40, Huntington, West Virginia

    Final Minutes
    this document in PDF PDF 72 KB (10 pages)

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Advisory Board and NIOSH Comments and Discussion Papers on Huntington Pilot Plant

The Huntington Pilot Plant 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 Huntington Pilot Plant Documents

How to Submit Comments
Comments on Huntington Pilot Plant documents can 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, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Please include the Site Profile/Docket Number (017) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted on the Huntington Pilot Plant Technical Basis Document.

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Previous Versions of Huntington Pilot Plant Documents

Basis for Development of an Exposure Matrix for Huntington Pilot Plant

Technical Basis Document for the Huntington Pilot Plant, Huntington, West Virginia

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Page last updated: February 21, 2013
Page last reviewed: August 10, 2013
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Compensation Analysis and Support