Brookhaven National Laboratory

(Site Profile/Docket Number 090)

Location: Upton, New York

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 Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, from January 1, 1947 to December 31, 1979, 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 in the Special Exposure Cohort.

    Note: This class was established from Petition 113

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, from January 1, 1980 through December 31, 1993, 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 Special Exposure Cohort.

    Note: This class was established from Petition 196

Classes Not Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, from January 1, 1994, to December 31, 2007

    Note: This class was established from Petition 113

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.

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 the Brookhaven National Laboratory:

  • September 24, 2008
    Public Meeting

    North Shore Public Library
    250 Route 25A
    Shoreham, New York

    The purpose of these meetings is to discuss NIOSH’s role under Part B of the EEOICPA. Both meetings will be identical in format and information. Holding two meetings provides an opportunity for energy workers and others interested in this information to attend whichever meeting is most convenient. Space is limited so please attend only one of the two meetings to allow room for others who may also be interested in attending. Attendance at these meetings is voluntary and will not affect individual claims filed under Parts B or E of EEOICPA.

    These meetings are intended to provide basic information about EEOICPA and will cover topics such as:

    • What is EEOICPA?

    • What is NIOSH’s role in EEOICPA?

    • What is the current status of claims from Brookhaven National Lab?

    Please note that NIOSH representatives at the meeting will not have access to information pertaining to individual dose reconstructions and will not be equipped to answer such questions while in Shoreham.

    2:00 p.m. Meeting
    Final Minutes pdf icon[58 KB (13 pages)] 

    6:00 p.m. Meeting
    Final Minutes pdf icon[52 KB (13 pages)] 

  • September 23, 2008
    Meeting with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2230 Executive Board Members, Coram, NY

    Final Minutes pdf icon[91 KB (26 pages)]

  • September 25, 2006
    Meeting with Executive Board, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2230, Coram, New York

    Final Minutes pdf icon[88 KB (15 pages)]

Advisory Board Work Group on Brookhaven National Laboratory

This Work Group is responsible reviewing the SEC petition from the Brookhaven National Laboratory petitioners, reviewing the NIOSH Evaluation Report of the petition, considering issues that may be raised by the Board’s contractor (SC&A) concerning the NIOSH Evaluation Report, and for assisting NIOSH and SC&A in the resolution of such issues. The Work Group may recommend to the Board, changes in the Site Profile as appropriate. The Work Group should strive to develop a recommendation to the Board on whether a class should be added to the SEC.

Work Group Members:

  • Josie Beach (Chair)

  • Henry A. Anderson, M.D.

  • Brad Clawson

  • Genevieve S. Roessler, Ph.D.

Meeting Information:

Pre-Decisional Document Policy

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 pre-decisional documents, such as white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. Although discussion during a public meeting may cover pre-decisional documents, these documents often are not further revised or finalized, and thus do not reflect the final determination or evaluation of the Advisory Board and its Work Groups. Additionally, some pre-decisional documents not otherwise posted on the website may contain sensitive information, which would require an interested party to obtain such documents by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the CDC/ATSDR FOIA office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

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

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on Brookhaven National Laboratory

The Brookhaven National Laboratory 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 Brookhaven National Laboratory Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Brookhaven 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 (090) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted.

Miscellaneous Documents Regarding Brookhaven National Laboratory

Document Archive for Brookhaven National Laboratory

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015