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Title:
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE NEVADA PROVING GROUNDS ( INCLUDUNG AN ABSTRACT WITH CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. ATTACHMENTS ARE 61647 ) (DELETED)
Subject Terms:
SAFETY; PUBLIC RELATIONS; SAFETY STANDARDS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PERSONNEL; SITE SELECTION; COST; ONSITE; OFFSITE; BLAST EFFECTS; HEALTH HAZARDS; FALLOUT; RADIATION DOSES; DATA; CIVIL DEFENSE; PLANS; PROCEDURES; RESPONSIBILITIES; PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM DOSEMETERS; PERSONNEL DOSIMETRY; BIBLIOGRAPHIES; RANGER OPERATION; BUSTER OPERATION; TUMBLER OPERATION; UPSHOT OPERATION; PROTECTIVE ACTIONS; RADIATION PROTECTION; BETA LESIONS; HOTSPOTS; CATTLE; DOSE RATES; MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE; FORECASTING; LEGAL CLAIMS; DAMAGE; TUMBLER-SNAPPER OPERATION; BUSTER-JANGLE OPERATION; UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE OPERATION
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1954 Feb 01
Declassification Status:
Sanitized
Document Pages:
0072
Accession Number:
NV0061646
Document Number(s):
SFOLA7
Originating Research Org.:
ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION-ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION,
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
THE REPORT IS A COMPREHENSIVE STATEMENT OF FINDINGS AS TO CONTINENTAL TEST EXPERIENCE AND FUTURE REQUIREMENTS, RELATED PRIMARILY TO TECHNICA L NECESSITY, PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE. IT IS SUPPORTED BY 25 ATTACHED RESEARCH PAPERS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED AGAINST THE PUBLIC OBLIGATIONS WHICH A FEDERAL AGENCY ASSUMES WHEN IT CONDUCTS AN OPERATION INVOLVING SOME DEGREE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HAZARD, RESULTING IN A VERY REAL PUBLIC IMPACT, AND REQUIRING PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE FOR ITS CONTINUANCE. CONTINENTAL TESTS HAVE BEEN FULLY JUSTIFIED BY NECESSIT Y AND BY RESULTS. AN UNUSUAL RECORD OF ON-SITE AND OFF-SITE SAFETY HA S BEEN SET, EXCEEDING PRE-ACTIVATION PROJECTIONS, WITH THE NPG REGION PEOPLE HAVING BEEN ASKED TO ACCEPT CONSIDERABLY LESS EXPOSURE TO DANGE R THAN OTHER PEOPLE ELSEWHERE ARE ASKED TO ACCEPT BY OTHER DEFENSE ACT IVITIES AND MANY INDUSTRIES. THE OBLIGATIONS TO INFORM, WARN, REPORT TO, AND REIMBURSE AFFECTED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND MET TO A CONS IDERABLE DEGREE. OFF-SITE SAFETY HAS BEEN ADVANCED BY PUBLIC COOPERAT ION. IT IS CLEARLY ESTABLISHED THAT SATISFACTORY PROGRESS IN NATIONAL ATOMIC WEAPONS PROGRAMS WILL REQUIRE FUTURE CONTINENTAL TESTS AT A RA TE EQUALLING OR EXCEEDING THE PAST, ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE OF THERMONUCLE AR PROGRAM NEEDS. THE LABORATORIES ACCEPT THE 3.9 R/YR ACTUAL EXPOSUR E STANDARD FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE IMPLICIT LIMITATIONS, BUT WILL ST ILL REQUIRE LEEWAY FOR A VARIETY OF YIELDS AND A VARIETY OF LOW AND HI GH ALTITUDE SHOTS. THE COMMITTEE FOUND NO SIMPLE, SINGLE CONTROL WHIC H WILL ACHIEVE ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE OF PUBLIC SAFETY FROM FLASH, BLAST, AND RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT. IT FOUND THE PAST LOW LEVEL OF PUBLIC HAZARD WAS ACHIEVED THROUGH CLOSE ATTENTION TO A VARIETY OF CONTROLS AND PRO CEDURES, EACH ASSISTING THE FINAL RESULT. EACH WAS STUDIED CLOSELY TO DETERMINE A SMALL OR A LARGE AREA FOR IMPROVEMENT AND IT WAS DETERMIN ED THAT THE TOTAL WOULD EQUAL A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT.


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