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TITLEDose Reconstruction Activities and The Cold War

This website explains dose reconstruction and how it has been used to study the public health effects of radiation exposure, from the 1940s through the 1960s, resulting from nuclear weapons production in the United States. Reports from those studies include findings from six U.S. locations: Fernald, Ohio; Hanford, Washington; the Idaho National Laboratory; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Savannah River, Georgia. Radiation dose reconstruction is a process used to determine previous releases of radioactive materials, the dose or amount received by persons in the vicinity, and the possible health effects of those substance on those persons. Included are estimates for the number of members of the affected populations likely to develop (or to have developed) a range of cancers during their lifetime. The reports also indicate the factors that make it difficult to obtain reliable estimates. Part of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, the webpage also contains links to information regarding radiation effects from a variety of other sources.

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