A final report on fallout radiation in southern Utah from atomic-bomb tests conducted during the 1950s and '60s at the Nevada Test Site should be released soon, a University of Utah researcher says.
Edwin Haskell, director of the university's Thermoluminescence Laboratory, said he expects the results to confirm earlier estimates of radiation doses based on theoretical calculations, extrapolations and meter readings at the time of the atomic testing.Between 1951 and 1962, the government tested 87 atomic bombs above ground at its Nevada test site. Several of the tests blanketed areas of southern Utah with fallout clouds. Since 1963, all nuclear tests have been conducted underground.
The techniques used by the university laboratory allow for present-day measurements of radiation doses delivered decades earlier, said Haskell.
"We feel confident of our southern Utah measurements" taken between 1983-88, he said.