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

To date, there are no open/active SEC petitions from Carborundum Company.

Classes Not Added to the SEC

  • All employees who worked in any area of the Carborundum Company facility on Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York, from January 1, 1943, through December 31, 1976.

    Note: This class was established from Petition 223

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
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:
Date Received November 19, 2014

Date Qualified for Evaluation

February 2, 2015

Summary of Information in Petition

Location: Niagara Falls, New York

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 pdf icon[599 KB (8 pages)]
(January 1, 1941 through September 30, 1976)
Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Carborundum Company SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation February 11, 2015 pdf icon[138 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report Revised June 3, 2015 pdf icon[1 MB (79 pages)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)
Evaluation Report Sent to Board

June 11, 2015 (Revision 1)
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board discussed this petition on July 23, 2015, during its regular meeting.

Note: Agendas and transcripts for Board meetings will be posted on the Advisory Board and Public Meetings page as soon as they become available.

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition May 8, 2017 pdf icon[70 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)
HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

November 16, 2017 pdf icon[93 KB (12 pages)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)

HHS Designation/Determination of Additional Members to the SEC

Determination:

November 16, 2017 pdf icon[74 KB (5 pages)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)

Note: A “designation” means that HHS is recommending a class be added to the SEC. A “determination” means that HHS is recommending a class not be added to the SEC.

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

Determination:

December 15, 2017 pdf icon[98 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1976)

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

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

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

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.

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. NIOSH reviews the discussion papers to identify and redact any information that is protected by the Privacy Act 5 USC §552aexternal icon and clears them for distribution.

References for the discussion papers are provided when available. Many of the references are historical documents and are difficult to make accessible for individuals with disabilities. If you need help with a reference, please contact the DCAS Website Coordinator directly at 513-533-6800, Toll-free at 1-877-222-7570, or via email at ocaswebupdates@cdc.gov.

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 pdf icon[13 KB (2 pages)]
    July 25, 2014

    About 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 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 (277) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted.

Document Archive for Carborundum Company

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015