EEOICPA CIRCULAR NO. 12-11 June 10, 2012
SUBJECT: Clinton Engineer Works Special Exposure Cohort Class (SEC) from January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1949.
The purpose of this Circular is to notify all Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) staff of the SEC class designation for Clinton Engineer Works located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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 Clinton Engineer Works, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 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. § 83.13. NIOSH submitted its findings to the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (“the Board”). On April 9, 2012, the Board submitted recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to add to the SEC a class of employees who worked at Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
On May 11, 2012, the Secretary of HHS designated the following class for addition to the SEC in a report to Congress:
All employees of the Tennessee Eastman Corporation (1943-1947) and the Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation (1947-1949) who were employed at the Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, from January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1949, 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.
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 June 10, 2012, 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 class, the employee must be an employee of the Tennessee Eastman Corporation (1943-1947) and/or the Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation (1947-1949) who was employed at the Clinton Engineer Works, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, from January 1, 1943 through December 31, 1949 for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort. If the employee does not have 250 work days at Clinton Engineer Works 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 Clinton Engineer Works, 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 Clinton Engineer Works 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.
As outlined in EEOICPA BULLETIN NO. 11-07, the district offices are to use the comprehensive list provided as the basis for an initial screening of cases associated with all SEC classes. For screening only, the results reflected on the initial screening worksheet must be recorded in ECS using the NIOSH Causation Path. From the NIOSH Causation Path on the case, the ‘View/Perform SEC Screening’ window is selected. Based on the result of the review and in accordance with the ‘SEC Class Screening Worksheet’, the appropriate result of “Likely SEC” or “Unlikely SEC” or “SEC Development Needed” is selected. The date of the signed worksheet is recorded in the date field. The reason associated with the SEC is selected in the “Initial SEC Screening Reason” field. For this SEC, the reason is “Rvwd per Circular 12-11, Clinton Engineer Works SEC (1/1/43 – 12/31/49).” If the CE determines that the case is going to be awarded based on an SEC, a positive SEC causation path must be entered into ECS. This process is the equivalent of the SER/SEF codes discussed in BULLETIN 11-07.
RACHEL P. LEITON
Director, Division of Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation
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