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Reviewing DOE's Amchitka Island Radionuclide Risk Assessments
Date Posted: August 14, 2003The Service's Anchorage, Alaska, Field Office recently reviewed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) newly released groundwater model and human health screening risk assessment for radionuclide contamination at Amchitka Island, where three underground nuclear tests were conducted during the 1960s and 1970s. This groundwater model and risk assessment is DOE’s attempt to estimate the time, location and degree of radionuclide releases in one of the most geologically active regions on the planet as well as estimate the human health effects to consumers of subsistence and commercial foods from the area. Unfortunately, ecological risks have not yet been evaluated and neither verification sampling nor long-term monitoring has been planned yet to support the assumptions/conclusions of these human health-related reports. Stay tuned for further results.