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The Risk Assessment Corporation (RAC) report reviewed here was intended to evaluate the potential health risks associated with the burning of a part of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during a wildfire in May of 2000. The authors presented a methodical approach that divided the problem into several components; contaminants were assessed according to their hazardous characteristics (radiological or chemical) and according to the two major pathways of exposure (air and water). Risks were estimated using measured concentrations of contamination where it was judged to be reasonable and using modeled concentrations of contamination where it was judged to be necessary.

This research was completed money allocated during Round 5 of the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund (MTA Fund). Clark University was named conservator of these works.

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nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons testing, environment, non-governmental organizations, United States Department of Energy, tribal governments, environmental cleanup, radioactive fallout, radioactive waste


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Worcester, MA

Comments on the 2002 Risk Assessment Corporation Analysis of Risks from the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire at Los Alamos National Laboratory



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