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Oak Ridge Reservation

ORRHES Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2002


Recommendation on the Mangano study

RECOMMENDATIONS

Resolution and Supporting Materials

RECOMMENDATION 1:

Barbara Sonnenburg recommended from the Agenda Work Group that the Subcommittee recommend to ATSDR that presentations by principal investigators from three DOE worker medical and exposure surveillance programs be scheduled:

  • The investigation of former construction workers by the University of Cincinnati,
  • The investigation of former gaseous diffusion plant workers by Queens College, NY,
  • The surveillance of beryllium workers by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

RECOMMENDATION 2:

Kowetha Davidson recommended from the Guidelines and Procedures Work Group that the Guidelines and Procedures Work Group look into how the work groups are functioning, whether they are dysfunctional, and how they may be remedied if found dysfunctional. The work group may work with Jan Connery on this topic.

RECOMMENDATION 3:

James Lewis recommended from the Communication and Outreach Work Group that the Subcommittee accept the content of the "concerns form" and the "fact sheet" found in Tab 14 of the Subcommittee members' materials. The recommendation was clarified to include that these two documents would be put into use now, with the stipulation that the Subcommittee consider modifying the "concerns form" to put the written entry of the person's name on the same side of the form as the written concern expressed.

RECOMMENDATION 4:

Karen Galloway recommended from the Ad Hoc Mission Statement Work Group that the Subcommittee adopt the goals and objectives portion of the Mission Statement developed by the Ad Hoc Mission Statement Work Group.

RECOMMENDATION 5:

James Lewis recommended from the Public Health Assessment Work Group that the Subcommittee endorse the ATSDR screening process for determining the contaminants of concern for past exposure (1944 - 1990 data). This endorsement begins with using the State of Tennessee's screening process and its associated findings that identified the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) offsite releases that warrant further evaluation. This endorsement is based on the Subcommittee's collective review and understanding of:

  • The ATSDR's screening presentations to the Subcommittee,
  • ATSDR's independent technical reviewers' comments,
  • The Subcommittee members' review and assessment of the technical documents, as needed, and
  • Related public concerns or issues as needed.

Other contaminants will be added if they are supported by a scientific rationale and relevant data, and are deemed to be credible by the Subcommittee after review and input from ATSDR.

RECOMMENDATION 6:

James Lewis recommended from the Public Health Assessment Work Group that the Subcommittee endorse the ATSDR chemical screening process that will be used to evaluate current exposure (1991 - 2001 data). This endorsement is based on the ATSDR screening presentations to the Subcommittee and the Subcommittee members' collective review and understanding of the ATSDR approach to the chemical screening process. The associated findings will be reviewed and voted on at a later date. All contaminants will be included that are supported by a scientific rationale and data, and are deemed to be credible by the Subcommittee after review and input from ATSDR.

RECOMMENDATION 7:

Kowetha Davidson recommended to the Subcommittee that the issue of establishing a clinic in Oak Ridge be assigned to the Health Needs Assessment Work Group rather than forming a new ad hoc work group for this issue.

MOTIONS

MOTION 1:

Bob Craig moved that the final minutes (dated 02/07/02) of the June 11-12, 2001 Subcommittee meeting be approved. The motion was seconded. A vote was taken by voice with none opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 2:

Jerry Kuhaida moved that the minutes of the December 3-4, 2001 Subcommittee meeting be approved. The motion was seconded. A vote was taken by voice with none opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 3:

Barbara Sonnenburg moved that the Subcommittee recommend to ATSDR that presentations by principal investigators from three DOE worker medical and exposure surveillance programs be scheduled:

  • The investigation of former construction workers by the University of Cincinnati,
  • The investigation of former gaseous diffusion plant workers by Queens College, NY,
  • The surveillance of beryllium workers by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The motion was seconded. A vote count was taken: 13 = in favor, 0 = opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 4:

James Lewis moved that the Subcommittee accept the content of the "concerns form" and the "fact sheet" found in Tab 14 of the Subcommittee members' materials. The motion was seconded. There was brief further discussion on these two documents. A vote count was taken: 13 = in favor, 0 = opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 5:

Karen Galloway moved that the Subcommittee adopt the goals and objectives portion of the Mission Statement developed by the Ad Hoc Mission Statement Work Group. The motion was seconded. A vote count was taken: 13 = in favor, 0 = opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 6:

James Lewis moved that the Subcommittee adopt the recommendation submitted by the Public Health Assessment Work Group on the ATSDR screening process for determining the contaminants of concern for exposure from 1944 to 1990. The motion was seconded. A vote count was taken: 13 in favor, 0 = opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 7:

James Lewis moved that the Subcommittee adopt the recommendation submitted by the Public Health Assessment Work Group on the ATSDR screening process for determining the contaminants of concern for current exposure from 1991 to 2001. The motion was seconded. A vote count was taken: 13 in favor, 0 = opposed. The motion carried.

MOTION 8:

Susan Kaplan moved that ATSDR produce color maps summarizing the sampling that has been performed for the Oak Ridge Reservation and vicinity. The motion was seconded. After discussion of the appropriateness of ATSDR producing the information at this time, Bob Craig proposed that the issue be assigned to the Public Health Assessment Work Group. With no objections from the Subcommittee, the motion was tabled and the Public Health Assessment Work Group was tasked to look into the issue of whether the maps of sampling should be generated at this time and for which analytes.

ACTION ITEMS

ACTION 1:

Tim Joseph will provide a copy of the ORHASP data process/data compilation (18 compact disks) to ATSDR to be available for viewing in the ATSDR field office.

ACTION 2:

Paul Charp will review health effect studies of nuclear shipyard workers to see at what levels of worker radiation exposure researchers may have found association with health effects in the workers.

ACTION 3:

Paul Charp will discuss within the ATSDR office the appropriateness of presenting in the radiation screening process an MRL that is less than the average annual background radiation exposure of an individual in the United States.

ACTION 4:

La Freta Dalton will pursue extracting the portion of the videotape of today's meeting that captures the presentation by Tim Joseph concerning the ORHASP data process so that it can be made available for viewing by the public.

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