EEOICPA CIRCULAR NO. 07-04 July 12, 2007
SUBJECT: This Circular expands the covered time period for the Trinity Nuclear Explosion Site for the remediation conducted in 1952 and 1967.
The Trinity Nuclear Explosion Site is currently designated as a Department of Energy (DOE) facility for 1945. A number of documents obtained from DOE, DOE Albuquerque Operations Office (AOO), Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP), and the White Sands Missile Range establish that there are two periods of environmental remediation in 1952 and 1967. In 1952, the DOE Albuquerque Operations Office (AOO) awarded a contract for environmental remediation to D.D. Skousen of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 1952 clean up project involved scraping up and burying the Trinitite (fused sand resulting from the 1945 explosion) with regular topsoil.
The 1967 work included the location, excavation, and removal of ten containers of crater scrapings that had been buried 20 years prior. The decontamination conducted in 1967 was completed by staff from Los Alamos.
The totality of the evidence establishes that the covered time period for the Trinity Nuclear Explosion Site should expand to the years 1952 and 1967.
Peter M. Turcic
Director, Division of Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation
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