EEOICPA CIRCULAR NO. 11-04             May 21, 2011

 

SUBJECT:  Linde Ceramics Plant Special Exposure Cohort Class (SEC) from January 1, 1954 through December 31, 1969.

 

The purpose of this Circular is to notify all Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) staff of the SEC class designation for the Linde Ceramics Plant located in Tonawanda, New York.

 

Pursuant to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) and 42 C.F.R. Part 83, a petition was filed on behalf of workers from the Linde Ceramics Plant to be added to the SEC.

 

The decision to initiate this petition occurred after the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) determined that it could not reconstruct a dose under 42 C.F.R. § 83.13NIOSH submitted its findings to the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (“the Board”).  On March 22, 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) received the Board’s recommendation to add to the SEC a class of employees who worked at the Linde Ceramics Plant in Tonawanda, New York.

 

On April 21, 2011, the Secretary of HHS designated the following class for addition to the SEC in a report to Congress:

 

All Atomic Weapons Employees who worked at the Linde Ceramics Plant in Tonawanda, New York, from January 1, 1954 through December 31, 1969, 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.

 

A copy of the Secretary’s letter to Congress recommending the designation is included as Attachment 1.  Although Congress had the authority to reject the recommendation within a 30-day time frame, Congress took no action.  Therefore, the SEC designation for this class became effective as of May 21, 2011, which was 30 days after the Secretary of HHS designated the class for addition to the SEC in the report to Congress.

 

To qualify under this SEC class, the employee must be an Atomic Weapons Employee who has worked at least 250 workdays at the Linde Ceramics Plant in Tonawanda, New York between January 1, 1954 and December 31, 1969.  If the employee does not have 250 workdays at the Linde Ceramics Plant during the period of the class, the case file must be reviewed to determine if additional days in the SEC can be found by combining days from employment meeting the criteria for other SEC classes and aggregating them together to meet the 250-workday requirement. 

 

While a new SEC class has been added for employees at Linde Ceramics Plant, NIOSH intends to use any available internal and external monitoring data that may become available for an individual claim (and that can be interpreted using existing NIOSH dose reconstruction processes or procedures).  This means that for claims that do not satisfy the SEC membership criteria, a partial dose reconstruction is to be performed by NIOSH.

 

A copy of the NIOSH letter to affected Linde Ceramics Plant employees is included as Attachment 2.

 

This Circular should be used in conjunction with EEOICPA Bulletin 11-07, Special Exposure Cohort Claim Processing. A screening worksheet is included as Attachment 3.

 

The reason code “C04, - Rvwd per Circular 11-04” has been added to ECMS to be used in conjunction with the NA, ISL, ISU, ISD, SER, and SEF codes as outlined in EEOICPA Bulletin 11-07.

 

 

 

 

 

RACHEL P. LEITON

Director, Division of Energy Employees

Occupational Illness Compensation

 

Attachments

 

Distribution List No. 1: Claims Examiners, Supervisory Claims Examiners, Technical Assistants, Customer Service Representatives, Fiscal Officers, FAB District Managers, Operation Chiefs, Hearing Representatives, District Office Mail & File Section