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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nuclear fallout


'Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting
They built our atomic bombs; now they’re dying of cancer"

"...InvestigateTV found workers with medical issues struggling to get compensated from a program that has ballooned ten times original cost estimates. More than 6,000 workers from Los Alamos alone have filed to get money for their medical problems, with around 53 percent of claims approved."

http://www.mysuncoast.com/2018/11/12/nuclear-fallout-billion-compensation-counting/

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

More than 6,000 workers from Los Alamos alone have filed to get money for their medical problems, with around 53 percent of claims approved."


Cool, count me in, I no doubt will have some kind of medical issues in my life, at 53 percent it is well worth it to get a claim.

Anonymous said...


Not sure what to make this, I have my doubts about the particular case the article focused on. I feel bad for the person but my guess is that his issues have nothing to do with LANL. The idea that you are told to take off your detector is nonsense, really nonsense.

I would like to see the average rate for these medical issues in non LANL New Mexican population and compare it to people that work at LANL. If the rates are the same then no case can be made, if the rate of LANL is higher one could estimate how many cases you should have and than compare to have many cases have applied. Some of these numbers just don't add up.

Anonymous said...

"I would like to see the average rate for these medical issues in non LANL New Mexican population and compare it to people that work at LANL."

Congress began the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) in the year 2000. The EEOICP is a DOE Complex wide program. Presumably the Federal Government was aware that the rates of these lab worker medical issues compared to non-lab workers was indeed higher, and this compelled them to initiate the EEOICP in 2000.

Anonymous said...

There was an article published recently with data from the state epidemiologist on Los Alamos cancer rate statistics, compared to northern NM and the country as a whole. The rates were divided up by gender and ethnicity. Nothing glaring except for breast cancer and prostate, which appeared higher than the average.

THe EEOICP initiated compensation based on historical workers in the nuclear weapons complex, when clearly safety standards weren't as rigorous and high as they are today. As a nuclear worker myself for 20 years, the information contained within this article is nothing that I have ever experienced. Like 5:13, I'm pretty skeptical.

Anonymous said...

"Presumably the Federal Government was aware that the rates of these lab worker medical issues compared to non-lab workers was indeed higher, and this compelled them to initiate the EEOICP in 2000."

Good point but was this to protect themselves by having the actual numbers, or was to because there was really an issue? To be honest I am not sure they actually do have these numbers to compare.

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