University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project

(Site Profile/Docket Number 166)

Location: St. Rochester, 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 University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project.

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked at the University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project in Rochester, New York, from September 1, 1943 through October 30, 1971, 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 SEC.

    This class was established by Petition 140.

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 140
Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:

Date Received

March 6, 2009

Date Qualified for Evaluation

May 18, 2009

Summary of Information in Petition

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: Laboratory Technicians who worked in the University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project laboratory building

Period of Employment: September 1, 1943 through June 19, 1945

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

March 6, 2009 Cdc-pdf[443 KB (8 pages)]

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Revere Copper and Brass SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

May 22, 2009 Cdc-pdf[40 KB (1 page)]

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

September 14, 2009 Cdc-pdf[300 KB (56 pages)]

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

September 14, 2009

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on May 19, 2010; October 21, 2009; and December 8, 2009, during its regular meetings.

Note: the agenda and transcripts from this meeting are available on the Advisory Board and Public Meetings page.

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition

June 11, 2010 Cdc-pdf[33 KB (2 pages)]

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

July 13, 2010 Cdc-pdf[78 KB (10 pages)]

HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC

July 13, 2010 Cdc-pdf[35 KB (5 pages)]

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

July 30, 2010 Cdc-pdf[47 KB (2 pages)]

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

August 12, 2010

Federal Register Notice: Final Effect of Determination of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

August 23, 2010 Cdc-pdf[39 KB (1 page)]

Letter to DOL Regarding the Addition of a New Class of Employees to the SEC

August 24, 2010 Cdc-pdf[20 KB (1 page)]

Public Comments on University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project 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 (166) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted on University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project documents.

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015