A Review of the Dose Reconstruction Program of the Defense by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

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

From 1945 via 1962, the U.S. atmospheric nuclear guns checking out application concerned millions of army and civilian team of workers, and a few of them have been uncovered to ionizing radiation. Veterans' teams have in view that been involved that their individuals' future health used to be stricken by radiation publicity linked to participation in nuclear checks and feature stressed Congress for incapacity reimbursement. a number of items of laws were handed to compensate either army and civilian team of workers for such future health results. Veterans' matters in regards to the accuracy of reconstructed doses brought on Congress to have the final Accounting workplace (GAO) assessment the dose reconstruction software used to estimate publicity. The GAO research concluded that dose reconstruction is a sound approach to estimating radiation dose and will be used because the foundation of reimbursement. It additionally prompt an self sufficient evaluate of the dose reconstruction software. the results of that advice used to be a congressional mandate that the safety hazard relief service provider (DTRA), part of the dep. of safety, ask the nationwide examine Council to behavior an self sustaining assessment of the dose reconstruction application. according to that request, the nationwide examine Council validated the Committee to check the Dose Reconstruction application of the safeguard hazard relief company within the Board on Radiation results examine (BRER).

The committee randomly chosen pattern files of doses that have been reconstructed through DTRA and punctiliously evaluated them. The committee's file describes its findings and offers responses to a number of the questions which were raised via the veterans.

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1996) and throughout the country (NCI, 1997; IOM/NRC, 1999). , 2002), and a program of dose reconstruction to address historical exposures of workers at DOE facilities is under way (DHHS, 2002). The process of dose reconstruction for atomic veterans generally is similar to the process that has been used in other cases. Dose reconstructions may differ substantially in some respects, such as in the radionuclides, radiation types, and exposure pathways of concern; the types, quality, and quantity of information available for estimating doses; the degree to which modeling, rather than relevant measurements, must be used to estimate doses; and the importance of subjective judgment, both scientific and nonscientific, in estimating doses.

The accuracy of exposures recorded by film-badge dosimetry has previously been reviewed by the National Research Council (NRC, 1989). However, not all participants wore film badges, especially in the early period of testing, and exposures of most veterans could only be inferred from badges worn by other members of their cohorts or by making assumptions regarding exposure on the basis of radiation readings from the area and the veterans’ locations and times of activities. Exposures during atmospheric nuclear-weapons tests varied substantially from one veteran to another and depended on many factors.

Each fulfills its role independently of the other, although close interaction is maintained. 4 Key Laws and Regulations Governing the NTPR Program About 15 public laws form the basis of regulations that govern the administration of the NTPR program and determine the eligibility of veterans to receive service-connected disability compensation based on their radiation exposure during the nuclear-weapons testing program. Several of the key laws are described below, and then the regulations implementing them are discussed.

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