Lab finds error in health study

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By The Staff

A 10-year quest to resolve environmental issues related to historic releases of hazardous materials at Los Alamos National Laboratory is reaching a conclusion, but the conclusion may be that further study will be needed.

The deadline for the comment period on the draft final report for the Center for Disease Control’s study ends Friday.

The Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project has been investigating LANL’s operations since 1943 to evaluate the health effects of releasing of toxic chemicals and radioactivity into the public sphere in the ensuing years.

Among the comments LAHDRA has received to date were several pages of discussion and technical notes from LANL’s review, including details related to airborne plutonium releases from the DP West Building during its early years of operation.

Fred deSousa, a laboratory spokesperson, said this morning that the lab was in accord with the process.

“The process is following the path it should,” he said. “The peer review panel is excellent. They have given us the opportunity to comment and we have done that.”

Within the comments, he pointed to a significant factual difference that the LANL reviewers called to the attention of the LAHDRA team.

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