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ATSDR Proposes Information Collection for Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has submitted an information collection request under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation which is located in south central Washington State and which is on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL)
According to ATSDR the objective of this proposed collection is to "collect information on utilization of health care services, knowledge of and information needs related to radioactive iodine releases from Hanford, health risk and exposure awareness, use of and interest in thyroid medical evaluations, and demographic information."
The reason ATSDR is proposing this information collection here is to try to prevent or mitigate adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life due to exposure to hazardous substances into the environment. From 1944 when it opened until its closing in 1972, an estimated 740,000 curies of radioactive iodine were released to the air from chemical separation facilities used to produce plutonium for atomic weapons development at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Studies indicate that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with an increased risk of developing thyroid cancers and other thyroid diseases.
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