EEOICPA Tonopah

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 Tonopah Test Range, Nevada

 

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 Tonopah is a DOE site from 1956 to the present and claims may be filed under both Part B and Part E.

The Tonopah Test Range was established by Sandia Corporation and continues today as an outpost to Sandia National Laboratories. Tonopah was established to provide an isolated place for the Atomic Energy Commission to test ballistics and non-nuclear features of atomic weapons. The AEC began leasing this isolated 525 square mile property from the Air Force in early 1956. In August of the same year the AEC contracted Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company (REECO) for the construction of temporary facilities on the test range. The AEC contracted with Lembke Construction for permanent facilities at the site in 1960.

Rocket testing began in 1957 with the series "Doorknob." It is believed that the only operation on site involving radiation occurred in 1963 and was known as Operation Roller Coaster. Studies were also conducted in 1964 at the Tonopah test range as part of the AEC program known as Project Plowshare. These involved the use of non-nuclear explosives to examine earth cratering patterns.

A separate Air Force installation at the test range, which consisted of housing, hangers, and other facilities standard to modern Air Force bases, was constructed on the Tonopah Test Range in the late 1970s for developmental testing of the Air Force's F-117 Stealth Fighter plane. The Air Force moved its stealth program Holloman Air Force Base and mothballed its Tonopah base in 1994. The Air Force installation does not qualify as a DOE facility.

Tonopah is located about 30 miles south east of Tonopah Nevada in the northern part of the Nellis Range and contains 1,616 square miles.

 

DOE

The Nevada Site Office has a fact sheet on Tonopah.

DOE Contractors

  • REECO
  • Lembke Construction of Las Vegas, EG&G, and Advanced Security. Raytheon also served as a contractor at the site
  • and in the 1993, KMI received Tonopah's primary support and maintenance contract.
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    DOL

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

    NIOSH

    NIOSH has dose reconstruction statistics for Tonopah

     

    Other

    Wikipedia has an article on Tonopah Test Range.

     

     Tonopah Documents

  • Plutonium, americium, and uranium in blow-sand mounds of safety-shot sites at the Nevada Test Site and the Tonopah Test Range--1977
  • Tonopah Test Range capabilities: technical manual--1982
  • 1989 environmental monitoring report, Tonopah Test Range, Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1990 Environmental monitoring report, Tonopah Test Range, Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1993 site environmental report Tonopah Test Range, Tonopah, Nevada
  • Chemical analyses of soil samples collected from the Sandia National Laboratories/NM, Tonopah Test Range environs, 1994-2005
  • Post-Closure Inspection Report for the Tonopah Test Range, Nevada--2007
  • Streamlined Approach for Environmental Restoration Plan for Corrective Action Unit 408: Bomblet Target Area, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada--2007
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     Photos courtesy of DOE and Library of Congress