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Claudine Kasunic

Document Analyst

Claudine Kasunic is a Q-cleared document analyst for the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project.

  • M.S., Toxicology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1982
  • B.S., Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 1972

Claudine Kasunic has 20 years experience in the areas of health risk assessment, ecological risk evaluation, toxicology, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental engineering, and analytical chemistry. She has worked in research, industry, and consulting, and for ten years has prepared, critiqued, and managed health risk assessments and ecological risk evaluations.

Claudine managed a project to develop a quantitative reconstruction of historical occupational exposure to dioxin. She developed workers' exposure history and derived work location dose contributions to estimate each worker's lifetime cancer risk due to occupational exposure to dioxin. As a Graduate Research Assistant at LANL in the late 1970s, Claudine examined the distribution of silver in the water, sediments, soil, and flora in a canyon contaminated with untreated spent photographic solutions, and determined the soil transport, bioavailability, and phytotoxicity of these solutions. She also developed a remedial investigation workplan for characterizing releases of explosives processed and used at LANL. Information addressed in this workplan included LANL activities related to release of explosives to the environment, possible constituents of concern, products of environmental degradation, environmental fate and transport, and potential toxicity. Claudine was also a member of the Consortium for Environmental Risk Evaluation (CERE) team which supported the DOE in their efforts to develop conceptual site models used in developing unit risk factors for various DOE sites.

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