Santa Fe New Mexican is teaming up with ProPublica to investigate health and safety problems at national labs. We want to hear your story.
Los Alamos National Laboratory has played a central role in the cultural and economic fabric of northern New Mexico for nearly eight decades, making significant contributions during World War II, the Cold War and through peacetime scientific research.
The lab’s nuclear legacy is vast and complex, especially for its workforce. Through the years, safety lapses have exposed some workers to health problems through exposure to radiation or chemicals, which can, and have, caused serious and chronic illnesses.
Some people who live around nuclear sites such as Los Alamos, Sandia National Laboratories and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant worry that they, too, may have been exposed.
While the Department of Labor has a compensation program for workers who can prove they were made sick at these sites, the program has been criticized for excessive delays and obstacles, such as requests for extensive documentation. Some workers have died while their cases have worked their way through the system.
We want to hear from people who have worked at or with the Los Alamos National Lab, or other national labs around the country. What is it like to work there? We’d also want to hear from family members and friends who have cared for sick loved ones and have applied for, or accessed, benefits.
We hope this form will help us gain a broader understanding of the issues nuclear workers in Los Alamos and nationally face every day. The more people we hear from, the better our reporting is.Powered by Screendoor.