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An Overview of Hanford and Radiation Health Effects

Hanford is the name of a former nuclear weapons production site located in south central Washington state. Established in 1943, Hanford released radioactive materials into the air, water and soil. The releases occurred mainly as the result of routine operations but were also due to accidents and intentional releases. Many of those who lived in the areas downwind from Hanford or who used the Columbia River downstream from Hanford received doses of radiation. Those doses may have caused health problems or might cause them in the future. The basic assumption of radiation protection is that any dose of radiation poses a health risk.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-02-25 18:24:54
Description Hanford is the name of a former nuclear weapons production site located in south central Washington state. Established in 1943, Hanford released radioactive materials into the air, water and soil. The releases occurred mainly as the result of routine operations but were also due to accidents and intentional releases. Many of those who lived in the areas downwind from Hanford or who used the Columbia River downstream from Hanford received doses of radiation. Those doses may have caused health problems or might cause them in the future. The basic assumption of radiation protection is that any dose of radiation poses a health risk.
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Source Washington State Health Department
Keyword Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Date Of Record Creation 2009-02-25 18:20:45
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Date Last Modified 2011-01-27 13:24:41
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-01-27 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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