Time Period: 1958-1989; 1991-present (Remediation)
Facility Type: Department of Energy
Facility Description: For over 30 years, LEHR was the site of studies on the long-term health effects of low-level radiation on laboratory animals.Through the support of DOE’s predecessor, the AEC, LEHR (also known in the earlier years as the Radiobiology Laboratory) began in 1951 as a research project investigating the biological effects of X-rays. A few years later, the Atomic Energy Commission contracted with LEHR for what became a 33- year study that investigated the health effects of internal exposure to low levels of strontium 90 and radium 226. In a separate but related project, research animals were exposed to cobalt 60 radiation. Research involving the use of small amounts of plutonium 241, thorium 228, and other radioisotopes was also performed.
Research at LEHR has focused on: understanding better the effects of exposure to low-level radiation on the skeleton and its blood-forming constituents; investigating the behavior of certain bone-seeking radioactive materials; studying the beagle as an experimental animal model; exploring how low-level radiation triggers and affects the formation of tumors and development of leukemia; and, developing effective ways to use results gathered from animal studies to assess risks to humans. LEHR closed in 1989 and has been in remediation mode since 1991.
Laboratory for Energy-Related Health Research is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 04/12/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the Laboratory for Energy-Related Health Research is $450,475.
Laboratory for Energy-Related Health Research Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
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