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2012 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.

2012 Data Search and Capture

JAN

  • Battelle Laboratory (King Avenue)
    Columbus, OH

    During this data capture trip, 12 filing cabinets of information were reviewed and 290 documents were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Sites
    Information Retrieved

    Battelle Laboratories (King Avenue)

    Individual employee monitoring files, where the monitoring was initiated prior to 1956; incident reports

    Battelle Laboratories (West Jefferson)

  • Ohio Department of Health
    Columbus, OH

    During this data reconnaissance trip, information from various file cabinets was reviewed and finding aids were retrieved.

    They apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Battelle Laboratories (King Avenue)
    Battelle Laboratories (West Jefferson)

FEB

  • Ohio Department of Health
    Columbus, OH

    Two documents were reviewed and retrieved during this data capture trip. The documents apply to the following AWE work site:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Battelle Laboratory (King Avenue)

    1979 and 2004 Battelle environmental reports

MAR

  • New York State Archives
    Albany, NY

    During this data capture trip, 32 boxes of information were reviewed and 56 documents were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Bethlehem Steel

    Inventory of drums shipped, special sampling and analysis of XRO Oxides, disposal of rolling mill oxides stored at Lake Ontario Ordinance Works

    Hooker Electrochemical

    Slug material shipping directions, reconciliation of material inventory, safety precautions

    Linde Ceramics Plant

    Memos regarding how to handle spills, special test badges at Linde, uranium transfers, accountability reports, health and safety at site, breath radon results, information on contracts, progress report, data of the Dracco reclamation system, counter-tubes installed, ore processing flowsheets, and discharge of effluent into wells

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    Staff searched the ORNL vault to retrieve external dosimetry information. However, no material was located.

    The trip was conducted to retrieve information on the following AWE work site:

    Work Site
    Ventron Corporation

APR

  • Boston Federal Records Center
    Waltham, MA

    During this data capture trip, 83 boxes of information were reviewed and 480 documents were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work site:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Nuclear Metals, Inc.

    Breathing zone air samples at different site locations (1982-83, 1985-88, 1990-92, 94, 96), area operational air samples, exposure information/reports (1951-54, 1956-1959, 1966-68, 1976-77, 80, 1985-88, 1990-91, 99, 2000, 2001), in-vivo counting results 1987, urinalysis results and related information (1955, 57, 58, 70, 71, 78, 1982- 84, 1986-88, 90, 94), personnel exposure information - annual summary forms (1985, 86, 90, 91, 96), radiation incidents, termination exposure summary for employees (folders include exposure information, incidents, etc.), environmental sampling plan, U.S. AEC reports of exposure forms NY-199 annual reports

  • Massachusetts Department of Health
    Charlestown, MA

    Eight boxes and 4 lateral file cabinets of information were reviewed and 39 documents were retrieved. Salem Laboratory radiological safety and information and radiological characterization survey for Englelhard Corp. was retrieved.

    Additional information was also retrieved for the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Lindsay Light and Chemical Co.

    Thorium residues in West Chicago

    Metals and Controls Corp.

    License amendments, remediation plan information, radiological health and safety plan, inspection report, Building 1 radium abatement, environmental report, emergency plan

    Norton Co.

    Radiological assessment of waste storage areas, survey of soil under sewage lines

    Shpack Landfill

    Site chronological order of events, remedial investigations, investigation of radioactive material in a private dump, characterization survey

  • Massachusetts Department of Health
    Charlestown, MA

    Fifteen boxes and 6 feet of loose documents were reviewed and 112 documents were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Nuclear Metals, Inc.

    License information, holdings basin decommissioning, ambient air sampling plan, Concord air monitoring data, NRC routine inspections, airborne emissions report, soil sample results, release abatement measures, drum burial information, historical summary, radioactive material inventory, site photographs, health and safety plan, site timeline, evaluation of bioassay data, exposure report, auto ignition issues

    Ventron Corp.

    Radiation dose characterization and risk, engineering evaluation, post remedial action report, health study, fact sheet, review of site characterization report, response to Beverly Citizen newspaper questions, data Gap summary for Building A & A1, license information

MAY

  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Document Room
    Rockville, MD

    Reels of microfiche were reviewed and 146 documents were captured during this effort.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work site:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Nuclear Metals Inc.

    Export licenses to export depleted uranium to various locations, radioactive waste shipments-unusual occurrence report, termination of special nuclear material license #SNM-65, air sampling program, radiological work permit system, report of in-vivo counting, renewal of source material license, calculation of potential airborne releases, minimum requirements for entrance into restricted areas, dose rate evaluations for exposure to copper metal contaminated with depleted uranium, in-vivo uranium lung count results,

    urinalysis program, request for approval to use the Clive, Utah NORM repository site, 1984 soil monitoring program, environmental summary report, license amendment to allow metal in the form of extruded rod, license amendment to authorize possession of Am241 in analytical samples an license amendment request to allow receipt and shipment of analytical samples of enriched uranium

JUN

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    One hundred documents were reviewed and 16 documents were retrieved. All documents are going through a classification review.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work site:

    Work Site
    Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co.
  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    Approximately 239 classified documents from OSTI were identified and reviewed. All documents are going through a classification review.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work site:

    Work Site
    Information Reviewed

    Nuclear Metals Inc.

    Monthly progress reports, documents pertaining to thorium and irradiated metals transported to the site

SEP

  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Document Room
    Rockville, MD

    Reels of microfiche were reviewed and 168 documents were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (NUMEC)

    Radiological survey and assessment, facility inventory status, license material, isotopic analyses

    United Nuclear Corp.

    Survey for radionuclide concentrations, well samples, property release guidelines exceedance

OCT

  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Document Room
    Rockville, MD

    Various microfiche documents were reviewed and 140 documents were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved

    Latty Avenue Properties

    Decontamination of Building 2, radiation survey information, site remediation

    Nuclear Metals, Inc.

    Air sampling procedure, environmental report, exposure incident, ground water analysis, holding basin remediation, inspection report, license amendment information, radiation waste management report

NOV

  • Hanford
    Richland, WA

    Thirty documents were retrieved during this data search and capture effort. Search results conducted by Hanford were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Allied Chemical Corp.
    Baker Brothers
    Gruen Watch
    Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co.
  • Hanford
    Richland, WA

    During this trip, 24 documents were retrieved. The documents were a result of Hanford's search efforts.

    The documents primarily apply to the following AWE work site:

    Work Site

    Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co.

    Most documents relate to Battelle-TBD-6000 Appendix BM - Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company

  • Hanford
    Richland, WA

    Six documents were retrieved during this data search and capture effort. Search results conducted by Hanford were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    Work Site
    Allied Chemical Corp.
    Baker Brothers
    Bethlehem Steel
    Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co.
  • Hanford
    Richland, WA

    During this trip, 6 documents were retrieved. The documents were a result of Hanford's search efforts.

    Work Site
    Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co.

DEC

  • Hanford
    Richland, WA

    Hanford provided three documents on uranium hexafluoride in response to an earlier request.

    The documents apply to the following AWE site:

    • Allied Chemical Corp. Plant
  • Hanford
    Richland, WA

    During this effort, 62 search results that Hanford conducted were retrieved.

    The documents apply to the following AWE work sites:

    • Baker Brothers
    • Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co.
 
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