National Bureau of Standards, Van Ness Street

(Site Profile/Docket Number 171)

Location: Washington, D.C.

Note: The Secretary of Energy is granted authority to designate the covered facilities of EEOICPA. On November 30, 2005, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register Notice that de-listed National Bureau of Standards, Van Ness Street as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) facility.

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

Not applicable. Site was de-listed.

Classes Not Added to the SEC

  • Physicists who worked in Building #2 at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), Van Ness Street, Washington, DC, from 1943 through 1952.Note: This class was established from Petition 34.

    Based on the DOE determination that NBS is not a covered facility under EEOICPA, NBS employees do not meet the requirement for addition to the SEC. Therefore, the class of NBS was not added to the SEC. This determination is made notwithstanding the recommendation of the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health to add certain employees of NBS to the SEC, a decision made at the October 2005 Board meeting, prior to the de-listing of NBS as an AWE under EEOICPA.

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.

Public Comments on National Bureau of Standards, Van Ness Street Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on National Bureau of Standards, Van Ness Street 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 (171) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted on National Bureau of Standards, Van Ness Street documents.