Document Details

A Facsimile Report
Subject Terms:
Reactor Testing Station, NRTS; ecology, reactor, X-10, ORNL; hazard, health physics; medical, personnel metering; report, health and safety
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Worker Health and Safety; Science and Technology\Geology, Hydrology, Seismology, Site Studies
Document Type:
Publication Date:
1962 Dec 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
Accession Number:
Document Number(s):
IDO-12033, 3624
Originating Research Org.:
Department of Energy
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This Progress Report summarizes for 1962 the significant health and safety data characterizing the protection program for over 5,000 persons at the National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS) in southeast Idaho. The major aspects of the 1962 program noted were: (1) broader occupational medical services were provided NRTS personnel with increased physical examinations, treatment, and lab and X-Ray analyses; (2) experience with the whole-body counter has fully established its value as the preferred means of detection and surveillance of radionuclides in human subjects, especially in cases where classical bio-assay techniques are ineffective; (3) a method was developed for the analysis of trace levels of plutonium in large amounts of urine; (4) an automatic film reader was put into operation near the end of 1962; (5) a highly reliable determination of regional ground water velocity was made, based upon tritium migration studies; (6) the ID contractor safety appraisal program was firmly established during 1962; and (7) preplanning forecast studies in meteorology by the U.S. Weather Bureau group at the NRTS proved most beneficial in conducting the SPERT-I destructive test in a safe manner. Figures and tables are included in this report.

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