Thursday, February 09, 2006

Rocky Flats

In 2000 the U.S. government formed a compensation program to "provide for timely, uniform, and adequate compensation of covered employees and, where applicable, survivors of such employees, suffering from illnesses incurred by such employees in the performance of duty for the Department of Energy (DOE) and certain of its contractors and subcontractors." The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health is in charge of administering this program. At a recent meeting this board discussed how the matrix determining who is affected by radiation at Rocky Flats might be effected by the S. Cohen & Associates report. This report discusses the site profile and some deficiencies therein, such as a failure to account for higher exposures to parts of body not near dosimeters and incorrect calculations used to determine the amount of plutonium lodged in the lungs.

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