In 2000 the U.S. Congress passed the EEOICPA, and provided for a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) workers in certain plants (at the time it was only gaseous diffusion plants in Oak Ridge Tennessee, Portsmouth Ohio, and Paducah Kentucky, but X-10 or ORNL has now been added). The significance of the SEC designation is that an employee, or survivor of an employee, who worked at one of the designated SEC sites, for at least 250 working days, and has been diagnosed with at least one of the 22 specified cancers, is assumed to have contracted that cancer from radiation exposure during the performance of work at the SEC site. Employees, and their survivors, who are not members of an SEC, must have their radiation dose reconstructed to determine if radiation exposure was responsible for their cancer.
Tennessee police are continuing to investigate the cause of a horrific fatal accident that took the life of a young child. The accident happened recently in Oak Ridge. As is often the case in car accidents with children, the child was in a car driven by her mother at the time of the fatal collision.