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Last Edited: 8/5/2010

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Public Health Activities

Since the late 1980s, the California Department of Public Health--formerly California Department of Health Services (CDHS)--has conducted health studies and health assessment activities related to the public health implications of environmental contamination from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory site.

The site

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a multi-program facility with a primary focus on research and development of nuclear weapons. Operations at LLNL have resulted in releases of contaminants to the environment, both radiological and non-radiological. In 1987, due to chemical contamination of the groundwater, LLNL was added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s National Priorities List.

CDHS's involvement at the site

Over the years, CDHS has conducted a number of activities related to LLNL. CDHS published two health studies investigating rates of malignant melanoma in laboratory employees and in the surrounding Livermore community. In addition to the health studies, CDHS conducted health assessment activities at LLNL under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, to review environmental data to assess potential health effects from exposure LLNL-related contamination. The health assessment process resulted in the publication of a number of reports, called health consultations, examining ways in which the Livermore community may have been exposed to contaminants from LLNL and the potential health impact from exposure.

Health studies

Health consultations


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