Sunday, March 13, 2016

Attention Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

US Dept. of Labor Goes on a Fishing Expedition

Last week this editor received the following letter from the US Dept. of Labor, addressed to "Resident".  As you can see, the USDoL is looking for people who work, or did work, for various companies around the state classified as "Atomic Weapons Employers", "Barium Venders" and "Dept. of Energy facilities".

Time periods for working at the various facilities end mostly in the 1950's, with some ending as early as 1940 and as late as 2011.

Are you kidding me? Is this really an efficient and cost effective means of searching for people who's health may have been affected by exposure to radiation?  Didn't these companies keep records on their employees?  Couldn't those records be accessed to at least obtain the names of workers, even if address information may be outdated?

Surely, there must be a better way to locate these people other than just sending out a blanket mailing!

In the 1980's, I worked at a nuclear power plant.  The training and precautions we had to undergo prior to entering the plant were staggering!  It is hard to imagine, absent carelessness or negligence, anyone getting enough exposure to radiation to cause health problems.

Did anyone else get this in the mail? 

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