Nuclear Health and Safety: Efforts to Strengthen DOE's Health and Epidemiology Programs
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Over the past several years, concern over the Department of Energys DOE dual role of producing nuclear weapons and assessing the potential health hazards associated with operating its facilities has raised questions about DOEs ability to effectively manage its health and health effects epidemiology research programs. In March 1990 the Secretary of Energy announced several initiatives to address these concerns. These initiatives include, among others, the development of an occupational health and epidemiology program, the transfer of long-term health effects studies to the Department of Health and Human Services HHS, the establishment of an advisory committee to oversee DOEs environmental, safety, and health activities, and the design of a data base to store and retrieve health data. Specifically, you asked us to provide your with 1 a brief description of DOEs initiatives, including their status as of December 1990 and 2 our general observations on these initiatives.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Nuclear Warfare