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2003 General Activities on Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) Cases

DCAS will reconstruct radiation doses by evaluating all appropriate data relevant to which an individual worker or group of workers have been exposed, particularly when radiation monitoring data are unavailable, incomplete, or of poor quality. The data used for the dose reconstructions will be obtained through requests sent to DOE and data search and capture efforts.

DCAS along with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the contractor hired to support NIOSH's responsibilities under the Act, have been involved in data search and capture efforts. These efforts are being conducted at various DOE sites and federal and private records storage locations throughout the United States to retrieve radiation monitoring data needed to conduct dose reconstructions.

2003 Data Search and Capture

JAN

  • St. Louis, MO

    A team of reviewers went to St. Louis, Missouri to review additional records. Only general reports were found. No personal dose information was located.

FEB

  • DOE Office of Worker Advocacy
    Germantown, MD


    This data capture effort was conducted in Germantown to recover information that was previously located at the Environmental Measurements Laboratory in New York. The main purpose of this data capture trip was to gather data to be used in the Technical Basis Documents for various AWE sites.

    Below is a preliminary list of the AWE sites from this data capture effort:

    Work Sites
    Aeroprojects, Inc.
    Allegheny-Ludlum Steel
    American Machine and Foundry
    Anaconda Co.
    Armco - Rustless Iron & Steel
    Armour Research Foundation
    Baker & Williams Co.
    Battelle Laboratories
    Beryllium Corp. of America (Hazelton)
    Beryllium Production Plant (Brush Luckey Plant)
    Bethlehem Steel
    Blockson Chemical Company
    Bridgeport Brass Co.
    Brush Beryllium (Cleveland)
    Brush Beryllium (Lorain)
    Chapman Valve
    Clifton Products Co.
    Du Pont Deep water Works
    Edgerton Germeshausen & Grier, Inc.
    Fenn Machinery Co.
    Foote Mineral Co.
    Harshaw Chemical Co.
    Heppenstall Co.
    Hooker Electrochemical
    Horizons Inc.
    Joslyn Manufacturing Co.
    Kellex Co.
    Kerr-McGee
    Linde Air Products
    Lindsay Light and Chemical Co.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Mathieson Chemical Co.
    Maywood Chemical Works
    Metals and Controls Corp.
    Monsanto Chemical Co. (Dayton)
    National Research Corp.
    Norton Co.
    Nuclear Materials & Equipment Corp. (Apollo)
    Nuclear Metals, Inc.
    Radium Chemical Co.
    Rare Earths/W.R. Grace
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Revere Copper and Brass
    Simonds Saw and Steel
    Superior Steel Co.
    Sylvania Corning (Bayside)
    Sylvania Corning (Hicksville)
    United Lead Co.
    Vitro Corp. of America
    Vitro Manufacturing
    Vulcan Tool Co.
    Watertown Arsenal

MAR

  • DOE Office of Worker Advocacy
    Germantown, MD


    A second data capture effort occurred in Germantown, Maryland in March and April. Twenty-nine additional boxes of information containing 538 documents were retrieved. The purpose of this data capture trip was to gather data to be used in the Technical Basis Documents for various AWE sites.

MAY

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Atlanta, GA


    During this data capture effort, 75 boxes were reviewed. Materials from 11 of the 75 boxes contained information on several DOE and AWE sites that potentially be used for dose reconstruction. A second trip is planned to review additional binders and selected boxes.

  • Fernald Record Holdings
    Fernald, OH


    During this data capture effort, 45 boxes were retrieved from the Fernald Record Holdings. Materials were selected from 30 boxes containing 881 documents. The documents contained information from 1950-1990. This data capture effort was performed after information was discovered for several AWE sites. During the data capture, information was discovered for DOE sites as well.

SEP

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Suitland, MD


    This data capture effort was a return trip to the DOE Headquarters and the Suitland, Maryland NARA facility. One of the primary goals was the identification of the location and retrieval of records on the Blockson Chemical Company. No records on the Blockson Chemical Company were located.

  • Great Lakes Regional Archives
    Chicago, IL


    ORAU staff performed a data search effort to the Great Lakes Regional Archives in Chicago. Seventy-five boxes of records were reviewed. The records consisted of correspondence, informal and formal technical reports, drawings, graphs, lists of personnel, reactor performance records, budget reports, material inventory lists, and other information.

    The majority of the records pertained to reactor design, specifications, performance, and materials. A number of sites were referenced in the reviewed records. The detailed notes from this data search effort will be reviewed and a decision will be made on the need for an additional data capture effort in the near future.

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Atlanta, GA


    Two data capture trips occurred in September to the Atlanta National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility. These marked the second and third ones to NARA in response to a previous data search effort. During the second trip, 175 boxes were reviewed and materials were selected from 53 boxes. This included 125 documents spanning the years 1941-1990. Information was found on various DOE and AWE sites.

    During the third trip, 73 boxes were reviewed and materials were selected from 38 of the boxes comprising 286 documents on various DOE and AWE sites.

DEC

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Atlanta, GA


    The purpose of this data capture effort was to gather additional documents that were not collected in previous trips. This NARA facility has the largest collection of Atomic Energy Commission documents. Seventy boxes of documents were located and materials were selected from 45 of the boxes. A total of 262 documents were recovered.

    This effort recovered information on the following AWE sites:

    Work Sites
    Allis-Chalmers Co.
    Baker and Williams Warehouses
    Battelle Laboratories
    Battelle Memorial Institute
    Biomedical Research Foundation (Wilmington, DE)
    Chandler Street Plant (Linde Air Products)
    Du Pont Deepwater Works
    General Atomics
    General Electric (San Jose, CA)
    Harshaw Chemical Company
    Herring-Hall Marvin Safe Co.
    Kellex Research Lab
    Linde Ceramics Plant
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Philadelphia Naval Yard
    Revere Copper & Brass
    University of California, Berkeley
    University of California, Davis
    University of Michigan
    Ventron Corporation (Metal Hydrides)
    Vitro Corp. of America
    Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co.
 
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