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Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH or the Advisory Board), Subcommittee on Dose Reconstruction Review (SDRR), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Notice of meeting.


In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the CDC announces the following meeting for the Subcommittee for Dose Reconstruction Reviews (SDRR) of the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH). This meeting is open to the public, but without a public comment period. The public is welcome to submit written comments in advance of the meeting, to the contact person below. Written comments received in advance of the meeting will be included in the official record of the meeting. The public is also welcome to listen to the meeting by joining the audio conference (information below). The audio conference line has 150 ports for callers.


The meeting will be held on September 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.


Audio Conference Call via FTS Conferencing. The USA toll-free dial-in number is 1-866-659-0537; the passcode is 9933701.

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Theodore Katz, MPA, Designated Federal Officer, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop E-20, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, Telephone (513) 533-6800, Toll Free 1 (800)CDC-INFO, Email

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Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 to advise the President on a variety of policy and technical functions required to implement and effectively manage the new compensation program. Key functions of the Advisory Board include providing advice on the development of probability of causation guidelines that have been promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a final rule; advice on methods of dose reconstruction, which have also been promulgated by HHS as a final rule; advice on the scientific validity and quality of dose estimation and reconstruction efforts being performed for purposes of the compensation program; and advice on petitions to add classes of workers to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).

In December 2000, the President delegated responsibility for funding, staffing, and operating the Advisory Board to HHS, which subsequently delegated this authority to CDC. NIOSH implements this responsibility for CDC. The charter was issued on August 3, 2001, renewed at appropriate intervals, rechartered on February 12, 2018, pursuant to Executive Order 13708, and will terminate on September 30, 2019.

Purpose: The Advisory Board is charged with (a) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the development of guidelines under Executive Order 13179; (b) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction efforts performed for this program; and (c) upon request by the Secretary, HHS, advise the Secretary on whether there is a class of employees at any Department of Energy facility who were exposed to radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their radiation dose, and on whether there is reasonable likelihood that such radiation doses may have endangered the health of members of this class. SDRR was established to aid the Advisory Board in carrying out its duty to advise the Secretary, HHS, on dose reconstruction.

Matters To Be Considered: The agenda will include discussions on the following dose reconstruction program quality management and assurance activities: A draft report on the current progress and findings of dose reconstruction reviews for the Secretary, HHS; Dose reconstruction cases under review from Sets 25 and 26, possibly including cases involving Albuquerque Operations Office, Ames Laboratory, Aliquippa Forge, Battelle Memorial Institute, General Steel Industries, Hanford, Hooker Electrochemical, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mallinckrodt Chemical Company, Nuclear Metals Inc., Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Oak Ridge facilities (Y-12, K-25, X-10), Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Pantex Plant, Start Printed Page 35391Rocky Flats Plant, Sandia National Laboratory, Simonds Saw and Steel, West Valley Demonstration Project, W.R. Grace, and potentially other Department of Energy and Atomic Weapons Employers facilities.

The Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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Sherri A. Berger,

Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2019-15589 Filed 7-22-19; 8:45 am]