November 10, 2010 |
The Energy Department said Tuesday it had fined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the nation's two nuclear weapons design centers, $200,000 for deficiencies in its program to protect workers from exposure to toxic beryllium dust. A consent order issued by the Energy Department's Office of Health, Safety and Security outlined a series of breakdowns at the lab, including failure to adequately control worker exposure, perform hazard assessments in buildings, measure the amount of beryllium in work areas and effectively train employees who work with the metal.
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December 25, 1989 |
The Pentagon is testing beryllium, a highly toxic substance linked to cancer and lung disease, as a fuel for space-based interceptor missiles that would be deployed under the "Star Wars" missile defense program. Although beryllium previously has been rejected as a rocket fuel, partly because of health concerns, military officials said its use in Star Wars would pose fewer risks because the interceptor missiles would be fired in space after being carried into orbit by other rockets.
February 2, 1989 |
A West German firm admitted Wednesday it exported to India a metal capable of increasing the explosive power of a nuclear warhead and that the toxic material was obtained from the United States. The Frankfurt-based Degussa Co. issued a statement after the West German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported the transaction in a story about the country's controversial military exports.
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September 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — Workers at the Navy's top maintenance facility for F/A-18 warplanes have been exposed to "extremely toxic materials" such as lead, cadmium and beryllium, according to surprise inspections by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has given the Navy until Sept. 26 to fix the problems at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest at North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado or face an order to shut down the facility. The violations were revealed Thursday.
September 3, 2001 |
A U.S. consumer group and a labor union today are making a Labor Day appeal to the government to protect workers' health by lowering the permissible exposure to beryllium, a metal linked to a fatal lung disease. Beryllium is commonly used in the manufacture of sporting goods, dental equipment and airplane parts. Workers can inhale beryllium fumes or dust during manufacturing.
July 16, 1999 |
For five decades, the U.S. government steadfastly denied that workers in its nuclear facilities were putting their health and even their lives in peril as they helped develop the arsenal that protected the nation during the Cold War. On Thursday, the Clinton administration conceded that workers exposed to beryllium, a metal used in producing nuclear weapons, deserve compensation for the debilitating and potentially deadly lung disease that hundreds of them have developed.