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Carborundum Company

(Site Profile/Docket Number 277)

Location: Niagara Falls, 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

There is currently one open/active SEC petitions from Carborundum Company:

  • Petition 223 qualified for evaluation. It will receive a full evaluation by NIOSH, the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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 223 (Jan 1, 1943 to Dec 31, 1976)

Revised June 3, 2015

Petition 223
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:
Date Received November 19, 2014
Date Qualified for Evaluation February 2, 2015
Summary of Information in Petition Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All employees who worked in any area

Period of Employment: January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976

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 November 19, 2014 [599 KB (8 pages)]
Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Carborundum Company SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation February 11, 2015 [138 KB (1 page)]
SEC Petition Evaluation Report Carborundum Company SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Rev. 1 (January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)[1 MB (79 pages)]
Revised June 3, 2015
Evaluation Report Sent to Board May 29, 2015
Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board The Advisory Board discussed this petition on July 23, 2015, during its regular meeting.
Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition May 8, 2017 [70 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)
HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition Not applicable at this time.
HHS Designation/Determination of Additional Members to the SEC Not applicable at this time.

Note: A “designation” means there is a recommendation to add a class to the SEC. A “determination”means there is a recommendation not to add a class to the SEC.

Federal Register Notice: Designation/Determination Regarding a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort Not applicable at this time.

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 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.

SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation

In addition to the petition listed above, one petition was received but did not qualify for evaluation.

Advisory Board Work Group on Carborundum Company

This Work Group is responsible for reviewing the SEC petition evaluation for Carborundum Company (Niagara Falls, New York) and the reviews by the Board’s contractor (SC&A) of this SEC petition. It is also responsible for assisting NIOSH and SC&A in the resolution of issues resulting from such reviews. The Work Group may make recommendations to the Board regarding the SEC petition and the NIOSH petition evaluation report. Subsequent to Board action on the SEC petition, the Work Group will be responsible for leading any Board reviews of site profile/dose reconstruction guidance to be applied to dose reconstruction cases for this facility.

Work Group Members:

  • Genevieve S. Roessler, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Bradley P. Clawson
  • R. William Field, Ph.D., M.S.
  • John W. Poston, Sr.

Meeting Information:

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on Carborundum Company

The Carborundum Company 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.

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

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.

To view all PERs and PEPs that have been developed, please refer to the Program Evaluation Reports (PERs) and Program Evaluation Plans (PEPs) page.

  • DCAS-PER-054, Rev. 0: Carborundum Company [13 KB (2 pages)]
    July 25, 2014About this Document: Determines the effect on previously completed claims due to changes in methods and covered employment period.Summary: NIOSH will request the return of two claims that would now result in a probability of causation greater than 50%.

Public Comments on Carborundum Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Carborundum Company Documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email at 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 (277) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted.

Document Archive for Carborundum Company