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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Radiation Effects Research, Committee to Review the Dose Reconstruction Program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency

ISBN-10: 0309089026

ISBN-13: 9780309089029

From 1945 via 1962, the USA atmospheric nuclear guns checking out software concerned thousands of army and civilian team of workers, and a few of them have been uncovered to ionizing radiation. Veterans' teams have given that been involved that their participants' health and wellbeing used to be plagued by radiation publicity linked to participation in nuclear checks and feature careworn Congress for incapacity repayment. a number of items of laws were handed to compensate either army and civilian team of workers for such wellbeing and fitness results. Veterans' issues concerning the accuracy of reconstructed doses caused Congress to have the final Accounting place of work (GAO) assessment the dose reconstruction application used to estimate publicity. The GAO examine concluded that dose reconstruction is a sound approach to estimating radiation dose and will be used because the foundation of reimbursement. It additionally advised an self reliant evaluation of the dose reconstruction software. the results of that advice used to be a congressional mandate that the protection possibility relief service provider (DTRA), part of the dept of safeguard, ask the nationwide study Council to behavior an self sufficient evaluation of the dose reconstruction application. in line with that request, the nationwide examine Council confirmed the Committee to check the Dose Reconstruction application of the protection possibility relief corporation within the Board on Radiation results examine (BRER).

The committee randomly chosen pattern files of doses that have been reconstructed via DTRA and punctiliously evaluated them. The committee's record describes its findings and gives responses to the various questions which have been raised via the veterans.

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As a consequence, the results of that study were later questioned and a second five-series study of atomic veterans was conducted (IOM, 2000). The second report, Review of the Methods Used to Assign Radiation Doses to Service Personnel at Nuclear Weapons Tests (NRC, 1985b), was prepared to I INTRODUCTION 27 advise DNA on whether the methods used in the NTPR program to assign radiation doses were comprehensive and scientifically sound and to recommend improvements if needed. The committee was not charged to conduct audits of the dose assignments or reconstructions for specific veterans.

Radiation monitoring of fallout I INTRODUCTION 17 material was accomplished by joint teams of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and military personnel, who searched the most probable fallout areas with radiation-detection instruments, questioned residents, and took soil samples for laboratory analyses and comparison with original radiation-monitor readings. Residents of the village of Bingham, New Mexico, some 18 miles from ground zero, were startled by a brilliant flash of light that awakened them and their families, as recounted to monitoring teams in interviews a few hours after the detonation (Hoffman, 1947).

The terms historical and retrospective often are used to indicate that characteristic of a dose reconstruction. The distinction is made even though the types of information that can be used to estimate doses may be similar. For example, some external doses received by atomic veterans were monitored at the time with film badges (NRC, 1989) in the same way that external doses to workers at an operating nuclear facility are monitored. However, the quantity and quality of historical data used to support a dose reconstruction may be inferior to data that can be used to monitor exposures of workers and the public today.

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