CDC research involving radiation releases from the Idaho National Laboratory
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CDC research involving radiation releases from the Idaho National Laboratory

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      The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is on the upper Snake River Plain in the Arco Desert in southeastern Idaho, which is 4,900 feet above sea level. The 890-square-mile site spans Butte, Bingham, Bonneville, Clark, and Jefferson Counties.

      The federal government used the site in the 1940s as a gunnery test range. In 1949, the Atomic Energy Commission designated the site as the National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS) to develop and test nuclear reactors and related facilities. The first nuclear fuel was brought to the site in 1951, and radioactive waste disposal and storage was begun in 1954.

      The facility has been referred to as the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) during its operating history.

      CDC was asked to conduct a dose reconstruction study at this site in 1992. The purpose of this research was to identify the release of chemical and radioactive materials since the site opened and to determine the potential health effects of these releases on the community.


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