As usual with many government programs, this legislation was
enacted without fully understanding or exploring the wide variety of groups of
individuals who were exposed to radioactive or toxic substances. while employed
on the Manhattan Project during World War II.
With respect to the Manhattan Project, there are two glaring
omissions involving the legislation.
(1) the number of civilian companies working as sub-contractors
to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers was greatly underestimated. (read
(2) Members of the Special Engineer Detachment (SED's) were
excluded because they were in the military. (read more)
The DOE initiated the program with the misconceived idea that
they would simply enact the legislation and then go about the process of
locating and notifying workers who were employed at various designated
facilities throughout the United States. However, it soon became evident
that the records of employees who were employed at many of the Manhattan Project
sites were virtually non-existent. Only the military kept fairly accurate
records but they were excluded.
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