Are you a Hanford Downwinder?
|The Hanford Community Health Project provides educational resources to those concerned about past exposure to radioactive iodine (I-131) released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. |
What happened at Hanford?
Between 1944 and 1972, I-131 was released into the air from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The majority of these releases occurred between 1944 and 1951. The releases were related to the production of plutonium for use in nuclear weapons.
Who should be concerned?
Children who were up to five years old and lived downwind of Hanford in Adams, Benton or Franklin counties in Washington state at the time of the releases, received the highest doses of I-131 by drinking contaminated milk or eating contaminated fruits or vegetables. Today these downwinders are adults between the ages of 54 and 65.
How can downwinders learn more?
The best place to start is to use the self-assessment quiz on the "Community Resource Center" section of this site to learn if you may have been exposed. On the site there are also a wide range of educational materials and other resources related to exposure to I-131 for concerned individuals and health care providers. People who think they may have been exposed should join the HCHP mailing list so they can receive information and updates.
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