Savannah River Site (SRS)

(Site Profile/Docket Number 012)

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

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 one open/active SEC petition from Savannah River Site (SRS) (Petition 103). 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 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 their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Savannah River Site from January 1, 1953, through September 30, 1972, 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 103

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 103
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:
Date Received November 19, 2007
Date Qualified for Evaluation March 4, 2008
Summary of Information in Petition Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All workers

Period of Employment: January 1, 1950 through December 31, 2007

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All laborers, foremen, and construction workers

Period of Employment: March 9, 1951 through October 24, 1986

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, 2007 pdf icon[5 MB (91 pages)]
(January 1, 1950 through November 19, 2007)
Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Savannah River Site (SRS) SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

March 10, 2008 pdf icon[43 KB (1 page)]
( January 1, 1950 through December 31, 2007)

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

November 14, 2008 pdf icon[2.4 MB (94 pages)]
(January 1, 1950 through December 31, 2007)

Addendum #1 May 4, 2010 pdf icon[367 KB (43 pages)]
(January 1, 1953 through December 31, 1965)

Addendum #2 August 9, 2011 pdf icon[589 KB (55 pages)]
(January 1, 1953 through December 31, 1972)

Addendum #3 November 20, 2012 pdf icon[501 KB (45 pages)](October 1, 1972 through December 31, 2007)

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

November 14, 2008 (Rev. 0)
(January 1, 1950 through December 31, 2007)

November 26, 2012 (Rev. 0, Addendum #3)
(October 1, 1972 through December 31, 2007)

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board discussed this petition on February 24, 2011; May 25, 2011; August 24, 2011; and December 11, 2012; and August 24, 2017, during its regular meetings.

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 December 29, 2011 pdf icon[68 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1953 through September 30, 1972)
HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition February 2, 2012 pdf icon[65 KB (10 pages)]
(January 1, 1953 through September 30, 1972)
HHS Designation/Determination of Additional Members to the SEC

Designation:

February 2, 2012 pdf icon[43 KB (5 pages)]
(April 1, 1952 through December 31, 1958)

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:

February 16, 2012 pdf icon[100 KB (2 pages)]
(January 1, 1953 through September 30, 1972)

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

March 3, 2012
(January 1, 1953 through September 30, 1972)

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

March 16, 2012 pdf icon[56 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1953 through September 30, 1972)

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

March 7, 2012 pdf icon[18 KB (1 page)]
(January 1, 1953 through September 30, 1972)

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

SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation

In addition to the petitions listed above, three petitions were received but did not qualify for evaluation because they did not meet the minimum petition requirements.

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 Savannah River Site (SRS):

Advisory Board Work Group on SRS

This Work Group is responsible for reviewing the Savannah River Site (SRS) Site Profile, the SEC petition from Savannah River Site (SRS) petitioners, the NIOSH Evaluation Report of the petition, the SC&A Review of the Savannah River Site (SRS) Site Profile, considering issues raised by the Board’s contractor (SC&A) concerning the Site Profile and the petition 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:

  • Bradley P. Clawson (Chair)

  • James E. Lockey

  • David B. Richardson

  • Phillip Schofield

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.

Technical Basis Documents

  • Technical Basis Document for the Savannah River Site to be Used for EEOICPA Dose Reconstructions pdf icon[4 MB (248 pages)]
    Revised April 5, 2005

    Revision Includes: Adds Section 3.1.3 and Attachment C.3 to include ingestion of foodstuffs.

    • Occupational Medical Dose Section pdf icon[581 KB (23 pages)]
      Revised November 30, 2009

      Revision Includes: This revision is updated with newly acquired captured information. Includes Attributions and Annotations section. Specific changes are as follows: Added specific technique factors for PA and LAT projections for Type I machines and for LAT projections for Types II through IV machines in Table 3-3. Added Table 3-4. Rearranged the various sections and changed section headings: Section 3.3.1 changed from X-ray Apparatus to Photofluorography; Section 3.3.2 from Collimation to Radiography; Moved the existing section 3.4.2 on Collimation to Section 3.4. Added Section 3.3.3. Replaced the text in the existing Section 3.5 that contained example calculations of doses for the various projection types with two paragraphs of new text describing how doses were assigned. The original Table B.2 is now Table 3.9. All organ doses for the period 1950-1970 for Type I X-ray equipment have decreased; also doses for the male lungs and female bone marrow have been added. Entrance air kerma and skin doses for the PA and LAT projections have been deleted from Table 3-9. Table 3-10 and Table 3-11 have been added. The discussion regarding the four potential sources of uncertainty has been deleted except for the final statement to assume a +30% uncertainty at the 99% confidence level as stated in OTIB- 0006. Changed reported range on technique factors for the Picker machine. Values added to Table 3-3; The calculated entrance and exit skin doses were compared to the measured entrance and exit skin doses of Cooley (Cooley, 1967) made on the mobile Picker machine for the PA chest for the 1950-1970 time period. The comparison is shown in Table 3-7. The 21% uncertainty derived from the Cooley measurements is substituted into the root mean square calculation for combined uncertainty instead of the 10% value initially reported from this source of uncertainty in ORAUT-OTIB 0006 (2005). As a result of this substitution, the resulting combined, standard uncertainty is 34%, and rounded up to 35%. Skin doses were put into a different table format to more closely match the skin dose tools. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs)

Advisory Board and NIOSH Discussions on Savannah River Site (SRS)

The Savannah River Site (SRS) 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.

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015