Y-12 Uranium Releases
Public Health Assessment
The TDOH stated that Scarboro residents would have received the highest exposure from past Y-12 uranium releases and were most suitable for screening both a maximally and typically exposed individual. To address the community’s concerns, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conducted a public health assessment (January 2004). ATSDR estimated a committed effective dose equivalent (total radiation dose) of 155 millirem (mrem) over 70 years based on exposure to uranium from all the exposure pathways evaluated. This total radiation dose is 32 times less than ATSDR’s radiogenic cancer comparison value of 5,000 mrem over 70 years, which ATSDR believes to be protective of human health.
Therefore, ATSDR does not expect harmful health effects to have occurred from radiation exposure to uranium in the past.