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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

(Site Profile/Docket Number 086)

Location: Berkeley, California

Also known as: Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, LBL, Radiation Laboratory

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 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, from August 13, 1942 through December 31, 1961, 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 SEC.

    This class was established by Petition 160

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 160Aug 13, 1942 to Dec 31, 1961

Petition 160
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:

Date Received

December 18, 2009

Date Qualified for Evaluation

December 18, 2009

Summary of Information in Petition

Location: Berkeley, California

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors

Period of Employment: August 13, 1942 through December 31, 1961

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

December 18, 2009[135 KB (2 pages)]

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

December 30, 2009[40 KB (1 page)]

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

January 22, 2010[240 KB (56 pages)]

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on February 10, 2010, during its regular meeting.

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

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition

March 5, 2010[32 KB (2 pages)]

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

April 5, 2010[77 KB (10 pages)]

HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC

Designation

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

Designation

Effective Date for the SEC Class

May 5, 2010

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

May 18, 2010[47 KB (2 pages)]

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

May 7, 2010[18 KB (1 page)]

Advisory Board Work Group

This Work Group is responsible for the review of TBDs and SEC petitions for uranium refining AWEs as assigned to it by the Board. It will also review any reports developed by the Board's contractor (SC&A) pertaining to these TBDs and SEC petitions, and will assist NIOSH and SC&A in resolving issues that arise through the review process. The Work Group will make recommendations to the Board regarding such SEC petitions. Sites currently being considered by the Work Group include Baker-Perkins Co., Du Pont Deepwater Works, Electro Metallurgical, Hooker Electrochemical, and United Nuclear Corp.

Work Group members:

  • Paul L. Ziemer, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Richard A. Lemen, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
  • David B. Richardson, Ph.D.

Meeting Information

  • March 3, 2014--CANCELED Meeting of the Advisory Board's Work Group on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Teleconference; 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

  • February 3, 2012 Meeting of the Advisory Board's Work Group on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Teleconference; 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:

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 the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory[1 MB (109 pages)]

    Revised May 10, 2010

    Revision Includes: Incorporates SEC-00160 into Section 1.2. Updated boilerplate language. Incorporates guidance on the assignment of recycled uranium contaminants for intakes based on uranium bioassay results. Incorporates guidance on the assignment of plutonium mixtures for intakes based on plutonium bioassay results. Incorporates additional tritium guidance on the assignment of internal dose from stable metal tritides, and organically bound tritium. Incorporated information from historical documents captured since the last revision about X-ray equipment and exams before 1975, the addition of the LAT chest projection to the X-ray exam protocol in the 1970s, and the addition of the oblique(s) chest projection(s) to the X-ray exam protocol in the 1980s. Added Table 3-1, "Frequency of occupational chest X-ray screening". Added all the organs to Table 3-2, the table of organ doses for all time periods, and added the organ doses from the LAT and OBL chest projections. Organ doses after 1975 are based on X-ray equipment measurements at LBNL, and decreased slightly from the previous revision as a result of using site specific entrance air kerma in air measurements. Added Table 3-3, "Skin dose guidance for various chest projections and periods", and Table 3-4, "Skin dose (rem) from various chest projections, 1942 to present". Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) 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 has been cleared for distribution.

Public Comments on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 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 (086) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted.

Document Archive for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Revised April 2, 2007[600 KB (66 pages)]

    Revision Includes: Includes Task 5 and PID review comments which were omitted from Rev 00. Constitutes a total rewrite of document. Incorporates internal formal review comments and additional NIOSH formal review comments. Attributions and Annotations added. Incorporates internal formal review comments regarding the Attributions and Annotation section only. This revision results in an increase in assigned dose and a PER is required.

  • Approved August 7, 2006[551 KB (55 pages)]
 
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