W.R. Grace (Tennessee)
(Site Profile/Docket Number 066)
Location: Erwin, Tennessee
Also known as: Davison Chemical, Nuclear Fuels Services
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 W.R. Grace (Tennessee).
Class(es) Added to the SEC
Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) employees who were monitored or should have been monitored for potential exposure to thorium while working in any of the 100 series buildings or Buildings 220, 230, 233, 234, 301, or 310 at the W.R. Grace site at Erwin, Tennessee for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days from January 1, 1958, through December 31, 1970, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort.
Note: This class was established by Petition 82
SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation
In addition to the petition below, two petitions were received but did not qualify for evaluation because they did not meet the minimum petition requirements.
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 82Jan 1, 1958 to Dec 31, 1970
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January 22, 2007
Date Qualified for Evaluation
January 30, 2007
Summary of Information in Petition
Location: Erwin, Tennessee
Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All workers
Period of Employment: January 1, 1958 through December 31, 1970
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
Federal Register Notice Announcing that a W.R. Grace (Tennessee) SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation
SEC Petition Evaluation Report
Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board
March 30, 2007
Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board
The Advisory Board discussed the petition on May 3, 2007, during its regular meeting.
Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition
HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition
HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC
Federal Register Notice: Designation Regarding a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort
Note: A "designation" will be published if there is a recommendation to add a class to the SEC. A "determination" will be published if there is a recommendation not to add a class to the SEC.
Effective Date for the SEC Class
July 22, 2007
Federal Register Notice: Final Effect of Determination of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort
Letter to DOL Regarding the Addition of a New Class of Employees 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.
Worker Outreach Activities for W.R. Grace (Tennessee)
- April 6, 2011 Meeting with representatives of United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 9677 and former workers from W.R. Grace – Erwin, Tennessee (Nuclear Fuels Services) Final Minutes [365 KB (20 pages)]
- July 21, 2005 Meeting with United Steelworkers of America Local 5-3677 Final Minutes [64 KB (14 pages)]
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.
Technical Basis Documents
An Exposure Matrix for W.R. Grace and Company in Erwin, Tennessee [586 KB (43 pages)] Revised September 16, 2011
Revision Includes: Modifies the residual period guidance. This includes a recommendation to not assign plutonium and thorium exposures during the residual period; modified the methodology for assigning external dose and uranium exposure during the residual period; and revised the use of monitoring records during the residual period. Also, an error was corrected for 238U in Table 3-3. In addition, references were updated as appropriate and various minor technical edits were made throughout this document. The SEC language in Section 1.0 was moved to a newly created Sections 1.3. These changes were made to Sections 3.1, 3.1.3, 4.7, 5.1, 5.2, and the references. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.
Advisory Board and NIOSH Comments and Discussion Papers on W.R. Grace (Tennessee)
The W.R. Grace (Tennessee) 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.
SC&A Draft: Review of the NIOSH Site Profile for the W.R. Grace and Company in Erwin, Tennessee [275 KB (39 pages)] Contract No. 200-2009-28555 SCA-TR-SP2013-0041 January 16, 2013
Public Comments on W.R. Grace (Tennessee) Documents
How to Submit Comments
Comments on W.R. Grace (Tennessee) documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or printed comments can be mailed to:
NIOSH Docket Office
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Cincinnati, OH 45226
Please include the Site Profile/Docket Number (066) on all comments.
At this time, no comments have been submitted on W.R. Grace (Tennessee) documents.
Document Archive for W.R. Grace (Tennessee)
- Technical Basis Document: An Exposure Matrix for W.R. Grace and Company in Erwin, Tennessee
Revision Includes: Incorporates changes made from Task 5 comments. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Incorporates SEC-00082 and a methodology for reconstruction dose during the residual period. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.
- Approved February 14, 2006 [572 KB (47 pages)]
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