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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-381-1934, Nuclear Fuel Services, Erwin, Tennessee.
Thun MJ; Schober S
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 86-381-1934, 1988 Oct; :1-33
In response to a request from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a study was made of excessive kidney disease at Nuclear Fuel Services (SIC-2819), Erwin, Tennessee. This facility was the sole producer of nuclear fuel rods for the United States Navy. The major operations involved the production of highly enriched uranium fuel for naval nuclear reactors and the recovery from scrap of low enriched uranium for commercial light water reactors. Highly enriched uranium-hexafluoride was converted to oxides and ultimately into finished nuclear fuel. A medical questionnaire revealed more frequent kidney stones (19 percent) and urinary tract infections (28 percent) among the workers than among the guards used as a comparison group, 7 and 12 percent, respectively. Dairy farmers from a nearby town used as an additional comparison group reported kidney stones more frequently (26 versus 21 percent) and infections less frequently (20 versus 30 percent) than the current and former senior workers at the nuclear facility. Kidney function was similar in both groups. Workers in both groups had frequent risk factors for kidney stones, particularly high calcium, oxalate, sodium, uric- acid, phosphorus and low urinary volume on testing. The authors conclude that the urinary tract disorders in the nuclear workers were not the result of occupational hazards at this site.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-86-381-1934; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Kidney-disorders; Nuclear-electric-power-generation; Nuclear-fuels; Epidemiology; Author Keywords: uranium; nuclear; renal; kidney; nephrotoxicity
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