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Nuclear Workers Group alerts Department of HHS Inspector General of possible Malfeasance
The Alliance for Nuclear Workers Advocacy Group learned from emails received through the Freedom of Information Act that some NIOSH staff members may have withheld evidence from the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. The information reveled in these emails may have caused Special Exposure Cohorts to be decided improperly. On February 28, 2013 ANWAG alerted the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General's officeand the Advisory Board president of this matter.
Terrie Barrie, founding member ANWAG, wrote, "David Allen , currently employed by DCAS, and Dr. Brant Ulsh, former employee of DCAS, willfully and knowingly withheld vital information from the Presidential Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. Both are engaged in activities that would thwart the board's contractor, Sanford Cohen and Associates' (SC & A) ability to perform an honest evaluation of DCAS's methodology to reconstruct radiation doses for the claimants. The information withheld may have adversely affected a class of claimants from being included in the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC)."During the evaluation of the Hooker Electrochemical petition, an email indicated that two Surrogate exposure reports were developed, only one of which was shared with worker's representatives. Despite the possible scientific unethical conduct, no one copied for receipt of the apparent advice to distort radiation readings based on the FOIA emails "attempted to correct or reprimand" the conduct.
- Letter ref NIOSH (2.76 MB)