Accession Number:

AD1069451

Title:

Plutonium Exposures to Personnel Assigned to Johnston Atoll

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Jan 2014,31 Mar 2015

Corporate Author:

Air Force Safety Center Kirtland AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2016-01-05

Pagination or Media Count:

237.0

Abstract:

Johnston Atoll supported U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons testing under Operations Hardtack I and Dominic I. The most significant incident occurring during these Operations impacting the Atoll was Thor missile launch mishap of Bluegill Prime 25 July 1962 under Dominic I. The mishap involved the dispersal of weapons grade plutonium, which was largely mitigated shortly after the accident. The persistence of low-level residuals created exposure potential for individuals working in the Thor missile launch emplacement and other areas on the Island. The purpose of this report is to document potential dose from these exposures. Estimated doses were low and not expected to be a health hazard to individuals.

Subject Categories:

  • Radiobiology
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE