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January 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
Twelve people who were exposed to the metal beryllium while working at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant have contracted a deadly lung disease, an Energy Department study obtained by a newspaper says. Eight current Rocky Flats workers and four retired employees tested positive for berylliosis, the Denver Post reported in Sunday editions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
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.
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NEWS
March 29, 1999 | Associated Press
During the last five decades, the U.S. government risked the lives of thousands of workers by knowingly allowing them to be exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, a metal critical to the military, a newspaper reported Sunday. Numerous government, scientific and industry reports showed beryllium put workers in extreme danger, and hundreds of workers exposed to the metal's dust have contracted beryllium disease, an incurable and sometimes fatal lung illness, the Toledo Blade reported.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2010 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2010 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1989 | ALAN C. MILLER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
February 2, 1989 | From United Press International
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2001 | Reuters
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.
NEWS
July 16, 1999 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2001 | Reuters
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.
NEWS
July 16, 1999 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 29, 1999 | Associated Press
During the last five decades, the U.S. government risked the lives of thousands of workers by knowingly allowing them to be exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, a metal critical to the military, a newspaper reported Sunday. Numerous government, scientific and industry reports showed beryllium put workers in extreme danger, and hundreds of workers exposed to the metal's dust have contracted beryllium disease, an incurable and sometimes fatal lung illness, the Toledo Blade reported.
NEWS
January 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
Twelve people who were exposed to the metal beryllium while working at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant have contracted a deadly lung disease, an Energy Department study obtained by a newspaper says. Eight current Rocky Flats workers and four retired employees tested positive for berylliosis, the Denver Post reported in Sunday editions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1989 | ALAN C. MILLER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
February 2, 1989 | From United Press International
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.
NEWS
September 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An explosion and fire at a nuclear fuel production plant in the Soviet Far East injured several people and threatened to contaminate the region's air and water, the official Tass news agency said. The blast in Kazakhstan sent gas clouds over a region near the Soviet borders with Mongolia and China. Tass said an explosion ripped through the Ulba plant's cellar workshop producing beryllium, a highly toxic heavy metal used to fuel nuclear reactors.
NEWS
February 13, 2002 | From Associated Press
Tests show seven current or former workers at Argonne National Laboratory have blood abnormalities caused by exposure to the toxic metal beryllium, the first such cases discovered at the lab. Two other employees who worked in nuclear weapons development at the lab show signs of potentially fatal chronic beryllium disease, but their initial blood tests were negative, officials said Tuesday.
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