EEOICPA Nevada Test Site

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 NTS is a DOE site from 1951 to the present so claimants are eligible to file Part B and Part E claims. 

NTS has two Special Exposure Cohorts which covers all workers with specific cancers and at least 250 days of employment for January 27, 1951 through September 30, 1992.

The Nevada Test Site was established in 1951. The mission of the Test Site is to conduct field tests of nuclear devices in connection with the research and development of nuclear weapons. The Nevada Test Site, slightly larger than the State of Rhode Island, has been the primary location for testing nuclear explosive devices since Operation Ranger was first conducted in 1951. In addition, the site is used for low-level waste disposal. Currently, the site is allowing other types of testing at the site, conducting remediation, and is in a standby mode so that if nuclear weapons testing ever is needed again, it could be conducted at the Nevada Test Site.

Throughout the course of its operations, the potential for beryllium exposure existed at this site, due to beryllium use, residual contamination, and decontamination activities.

Holmes and Narver was an architectural and engineering contractor at the Nevada Test Site from late 1951 until November 1990. Holmes and Narver's role at the Nevada Test Site was to design and supervise construction of facilities that included towers, bunkers, instrument stations, tunnel complexes, and other test-support facilities. In November 1990, this function was assumed by a new contractor, Raytheon Services, Nevada.

The Nevada Test Site is located about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas next to Nellis Air Force Base and contains 1,350 square miles.  NTS was used for both above ground and underground nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s.

 

Alternative Name

Nevada National Security Site   

DOE

DOE Legacy Management has a webpage on Nevada Test Site.

 

DOL

DOL provides Part B and Part E statistics on the Nevada Test Site as well as exposure information from their Site Exposure Matrix on NTS.

DOE Contractors

  • National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec) (July 2006-present)
  • Bechtel Nevada (January 1996-June 2006); Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Company (1952-1995)
  • Navarro-Intera, LLC, environmental contractor, (January 2009-present)
  • Wackenhut Service, Inc., provides security related-work, (June 2006-present)
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    NIOSH

    NIOSH has technical basis documents for the NTS.  There are two Special Exposure Cohort for NTS.  NIOSH also has NTS dose reconstruction statistics on its website.

    Other

  • Online Nevada Encyclopedia has a webpage on Nevada Test Site.
  • Wikipedia has a Nevada Test Site webpage.
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    Nevada Test Site Documents

  • Minutes of third meeting of committee on use of Nevada Test Site-1957
  • Fallout from Nuclear Tests at the Nevada Test Site--1959
  • Soil Survey of Area 15 Nevada Test Site--1971
  • Radiological survey of the Nevada Test Site. (Survey period: 1970-- 1971)
  • Characterization of plutonium in surface soils from area 13 of the Nevada Test Site-1974
  • Plutonium, americium, and uranium in blow-sand mounds of safety-shot sites at the Nevada Test Site and the Tonopah Test Range
  • Animal Investigation Program 1976 annual report: Nevada test site and vicinity. [Radioanalysis of tissues from animals residing on or near NTS in 1976]
  • Freshwater algae of the Nevada Test Site-1979
  • Review of a field study of radionuclide migration from an underground nuclear explosion at the Nevada Test Site-1983
  • Mixed waste disposal facility at the Nevada Test Site-1987
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