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2007 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.

2007 Data Search and Capture

General Electric Vallecitos
Pleasanton, CA

Fifty-seven boxes of information were reviewed and 118 documents were collected on internal and external dose records and building biographies for this site.

Mound Site
Miamisburg, OH

Documents from the Fernald Legal Database were reviewed and 745 documents were retrieved. Policies, procedures, reports, and other miscellaneous documents were retrieved.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE site:

Work Sites
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Isotope information, contract information, site drawings, and film badge technical information was retrieved during this data capture trip. One hundred and eighteen boxes of information were reviewed and 225 documents were retrieved.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE sites:

Work Sites
Kellex/Pierpont
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Naval Research Laboratory

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

Seventy-four boxes of information were reviewed and 77 documents were captured during this data capture effort. An index of experimental programs, requests for isotopes and sources from Kellex/Pierpont and the Metallurgical Laboratory, and research proposals were retrieved. Complex-wide documents relating to tolerance levels and bioassay procedures were also retrieved.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE sites:

Work Sites
Combustion Engineering
Kellex/Pierpont
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Metals and Controls Corp.

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Six boxes of information were reviewed and 11 documents were retrieved during this data capture trip. Information on the U.S. House of Representatives investigation into the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (NUMEC) operations was retrieved.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE site:

Work Sites
Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp.

Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Documents from Washington University's library were reviewed. Seventy documents were retrieved dealing with uranous phosphates and the treatment of uranium with phosphoric acid, a 1954 standard operating procedure for handling thorium chips, a position paper on fast neutron dosimetry and the results of an extended study of airborne radioactivity concentrations in the Melt Plant, documents describing the inhalation study facilities in detail, and quarterly health chemistry and health physics reports that also include measurements taken after Nevada Test Site shots.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE sites:

Work Sites
Dow Chemical Company (Walnut Creek, CA)
Kellex/Pierpont
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory

General Electric Vallecitos
Pleasanton, CA

One box and 21 binders of information were reviewed during this data capture effort. Environmental reports, medical x-ray information, and dosimetry program technical information were retrieved.

No data search and capture activities have been found for this month.

No data search and capture activities have been found for this month.

No data search and capture activities have been found for this month.

No data search and capture activities have been found for this month.

Office of Science & Technical Information (OSTI)
Oak Ridge, TN

Various OSTI databases were reviewed. 140 documents were retrieved relating to work with thorium, plutonium, and uranium handling; criticality safety in spent fuel storage; fuel reprocessing and moderator products; thorium irradiation in the ConEd thorium reactor; uranium scrap recovery; e-mad space reactor design; criticality experiments; experiments with and shielding of space reactors; inventories of electromagnetically enriched isotopes; and Chapman Valve Co. valves used at Y-12, including problems with the valves and contamination of the Alpha-2 Calutron in which they were used.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE sites:

Work Sites
BWX Technologies, Inc.
Horizons, Inc.
Metallurgical Laboratory
Vitro Corporation
Vitro Manufacturing

Ohio Department of Health
Columbus, OH

Various databases and documents were reviewed during this data capture effort. Sixty-five documents were retrieved. The following information was retrieved: Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) license renewals from the 1950's; documentation of the possession of UNat, uranium rods, uranium contaminated magnesium fluoride, thorium oxide, thorium nitrate, and silver-110, site ownership and corporate histories; the 1979 Formerly Utilized Site Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) survey final report; the 1998 site remediation plan; the 2001 final remediation report; descriptions of 1950' s experimental work at Evendale and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory; National Regulatory (NRC) licenses and Ohio Department of Health source registrations from the residual radiation period; the 1988 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) survey of Building D; and the current Ohio radioactive materials license with site contact information.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE site:

Work Sites
Horizons, Inc.

Senator John Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Fifty-six boxes, 15 volumes of engineering reports, and 19 volumes of magazines were reviewed. Thirty documents were retrieved. The documents primarily contain historical information related to the Lamp Facility and uranium work in the 1940's.

This effort recovered information on the following AWE site:

Work Sites
Westinghouse Atomic Power Development Plant

Memorandum of Understanding Between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and DOE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Fiscal Year 2010. The MOU describes how the Agencies will work together to carry out their responsibilities under The Act and Executive Order 13179. Part of the agreement covers how HHS and DOE will coordinate data search and capture activities.

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