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Radiation Dose Reconstruction

 

General Activities on Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) Cases

The Act (EEOICPA) established a compensation program for individuals who, over the past 50 years, have performed duties uniquely related to the nuclear weapons production and testing programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. The list of covered employees also includes workers from certain Atomic Weapons Employers (AWEs).

2014 Data Search and Capture Efforts for 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. Early in 2002, DOE indicated that they had provided all data and information they held on AWE sites. DCAS has been able to locate radiation information needed to conduct dose reconstructions.

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

Listed below are the data search and capture efforts for AWE sites that occurred in 2014. When available, we have included the sites for which information was recovered. The most recent efforts are at the top of the list.

To locate a data search and capture effort, click on one of the months below. A list of efforts that occurred during that month will be displayed.

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July Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Document Room
    Rockville, MD

    During this effort, we reviewed various microfiche and retrieved 455 documents.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (NUMEC) License information, radiological waste handling and reduction, site procedures, radiological surveys, plant modification, isotopic analyses, material control and accountability, and quarterly progress reports.

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March Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • College Park National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    College Park, MD

    Thirteen boxes of information were reviewed and 68 documents were retrieved. The documents are going through classification review.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Battelle Laboratories (King Avenue) Myrnalloy and uranium shipping, thorium chips and turnings shipped to Ames Laboratory, thorium and uranium inventory, thorium rolling, rolling of U-AL alloy (~20% enriched)

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Technical Documents Used in Dose Reconstruction

If the energy employee's personal radiation information is incomplete, NIOSH will use other sources to estimate the radiation dose. This may involve using technical documents called Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins. General information on these documents and a listing of approved technical documents can be found on the Technical Documents Used in Dose Reconstruction page.

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Report on Residual Radioactive and Beryllium Contamination at Atomic Weapons Employer Facilities and Beryllium Vendor Facilities

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Pub. L.107-107; Section 3151(b)) required that NIOSH submit, with the cooperation of the Department of Labor and Department of Energy, a report on whether or not significant contamination remained in any atomic weapons employer facility or facility of a beryllium vendor after the facility discontinued nuclear weapon production activities.

NIOSH issued the original report, "Report on Residual Radioactive and Beryllium Contamination at Atomic Weapons Employer Facilities and Beryllium Vendor Facilities," in November 2002 and updated the report in October 2003. The Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Pub. L. 108-375; Section 3169) required that NIOSH submit an additional update to the report in December 2006. The report was updated again by NIOSH in October 2009 and August 2011.

Previous Versions of the Residual Contamination Report

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Page last updated: August 15, 2014
Page last reviewed: August 25, 2014
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Compensation Analysis and Support