EEOICPA LEHR

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 Laboratory for Energy-Related Health Research, Davis California

 

Laboratory for Energy Related Health Research buildingsLaboratory for Energy-Related Health Research

Lab for Energy-Related Health Research is a DOE facility for 1958-1989 and 1991-presentso workers are eligible to file both Part B and Part E claims.

For over 30 years, LEHR was the site of studies on the long-term health effects of low-level radiation on laboratory animals. Through the support of DOE's predecessor, the AEC, LEHR (also known in the earlier years as the Radiobiology Laboratory) began in 1951 as a research project investigating the biological effects of X-rays. A few years later, the Atomic Energy Commission contracted with LEHR for what became a 33-year study that investigated the health effects of internal exposure to low levels of strontium 90 and radium 226. In a separate but related project, research animals were exposed to cobalt 60 radiation. Research involving the use of small amounts of plutonium 241, thorium 228, and other radioisotopes was also performed.

Research at LEHR has focused on: understanding better the effects of exposure to low-level radiation on the skeleton and its blood-forming constituents; investigating the behavior of certain bone-seeking radioactive materials; studying the beagle as an experimental animal model; exploring how low-level radiation triggers and affects the formation of tumors and development of leukemia; and, developing effective ways to use results gathered from animal studies to assess risks to humans. LEHR closed in 1989 and has been in remediation mode since 1991.

 

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  • LEHR
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    DOE

    DOE's Legacy Management has a LEHR page and fact sheet.

    DOE Contracts
  • Contract No. DE-AC03-89ER52153
  • Contract No. DE-AC03-89ER51114 
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    DOL

    DOL provides Part B and Part E statistics on LEHR but doesn't have a Site Exposure Matrix for the site.

    NIOSH

    NIOSH also provided dose reconstruction statistics for LEHR.

     

     

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