Technical Cooperation & Training
Picture of the newly constructed Enewetak Radiological Laboratory on Enewetak Island. View related publication, UCRL-JC-147325 (Bell et al., 2002).
Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have helped local atoll governments establish permanent radiological monitoring facilities in the Marshall Islands. These facilities are being used to develop updated and more reliable information on doses delivered to islands residents, especially those people living in the northern Marshall Islands. Marshallese technicians receive extensive training in whole body counting and basic health physics, and are primarily responsible for all the day-to-day operations of these facilities. The Enewetak Radiological Laboratory (shown in the photo above) contains a whole body counter, as well as clean space to collect bioassay samples. Whole body counting facilities have also been established on Rongelap Island and Majuro with the total number of program volunteers engaged across the three facilities combined now approaching 2,000 people.