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The research was conducted by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) with the collaboration of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of ORNL under Contract DE-AC05-76OR00033 with the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Research. Additional funding and oversight have been provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The authors thank the staff of ORISE's Center for Epidemiologic Research and Lockheed-Martin Energy Systems for their help in data collection, and Marjorie Harris, Richard L. Neubert and Stelmo Poteet for assistance in manuscript preparation. Part of the data used was collected under a previous contract from the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission and later from the U. S. Energy Research and Development Administration (E11-1-3428). The authors acknowledge the vital statistics offices of the individual states as the source of death record data and appreciate the offices' technical support of this research. The authors are solely responsible for the data analysis and the interpretation of the results.

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