Sandia National Laboratories

(Site Profile/Docket Number 065)

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 petition from the from Sandia National Laboratories, Petition 188. The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health has received the SEC Petition Evaluation Report from NIOSH, will review it, and will send its recommendation(s) to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962, 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 162

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994, 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 188

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors or subcontractors who worked in any area at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the period from January 1, 1995, through December 31, 1996, 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 188

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 162 Information
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:
Date Received January 19, 2010
Date Qualified for Evaluation April 13, 2010
Summary of Information in Petition

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All employees who worked within the Reactor Division

Period of Employment: January 1, 1957 through December 31, 1962

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

Sandia National Laboratories Petition 162
(January 1, 1957 through December 31, 1962)

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Sandia National Laboratories SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation April 28, 2010 pdf icon[42 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1957 through December 31, 1962)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report May 6, 2011 pdf icon[306 KB (60 pages)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)
Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

May 6, 2011
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on May 25, 2011, 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 July 8, 2011 pdf icon[29 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)
HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition August 10, 2011 pdf icon[78 KB (10 pages)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)
HHS Designation/Determination of Additional Members to the SEC

Designation:

July 29, 2011 pdf icon[35 KB (5 pages)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)

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

Designation:

August 17, 2011 pdf icon[38 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)

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

September 9, 2011
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)

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

September 27, 2011 pdf icon[44 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)

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

September 15, 2011 pdf icon[17 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1949 through December 31, 1962)

Note: This only applies if the class is added to the SEC.

Petition 188 Information
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:

Date Received

July 18, 2011

Date Qualified for Evaluation

October 21, 2011

Summary of Information in Petition

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All personnel who worked in any area

Period of Employment: January 1, 1963 through May 21, 2011

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

Sandia National Laboratories Petition pdf icon[468 KB (8 pages)]
(January 1, 1963 through May 21, 2011)

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Sandia National Laboratories SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

November 14, 2011 pdf icon[51 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1963 through May 21, 2011)

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

February 21, 2012 pdf icon[975 KB (79 pages)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

Addendum July 26, 2018 pdf icon[174 KB (19 pages)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

Addendum 2, April 1, 2019 pdf icon[473 KB (52 pages)]
(January 1, 1997 through May 21, 2011)

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

February 22, 2012
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

August 8, 2018 (Addendum)
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

April 2, 2019 (Addendum 2)
(January 1, 1997 through May 21, 2011)

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board discussed this petition during its regular meetings on February 29, 2012; August 22, 2018, and April 17, 2019.

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

April 9, 2012 pdf icon[74 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

September 20, 2018 pdf icon[122 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

May 11, 2012 pdf icon[269 KB (10 pages)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

October 18, 2018 pdf icon[96 KB (12 pages)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

HHS Designation/Determination of Additional Members to the SEC

Designation:

May 11, 2012 pdf icon[103 KB (5 pages)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

October 18, 2018 pdf icon[124 KB (4 pages)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

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 Regarding a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

Designation:

June 1, 2012 pdf icon[46 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

November 9, 2018 pdf icon[104 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

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

June 10, 2012
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

November 17, 2018
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

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

June 29, 2012 pdf icon[44 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

December 14, 2018 pdf icon[71 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

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

June 18, 2012 pdf icon[16 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1963 through December 31, 1994)

November 19, 2018 pdf icon[93 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1995 through December 31, 1996)

Note: This only applies if the class is added to the SEC.

SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation

There were two additional petition received that did not qualify for evaluation. One petition did not meet the minimum petition requirements for evaluation, and the other was already included in 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.

Below are the Worker Outreach Activities for the Sandia National Laboratories:

Advisory Board Work Group on Sandia National Laboratories

This Work Group is responsible for a review of the Sandia National Laboratories Site Profile and a review of the Site Profile by the Board’s contractor (SC&A). The Work Group shall consider issues identified by SC&A concerning the Site Profile and shall assist 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.

Work Group Members:

  • Henry A. Anderson, M.D. (Chair)

  • Josie Beach

  • 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

Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs)

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on Sandia National Laboratories

The Sandia National Laboratories 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.

Public Comments on Sandia National Laboratories Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Sandia National Laboratories 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 (065) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted.

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015