|Date:||28 Mar 2002 18:54:50 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Glowing fish put tribes at risk along Columbia|
Glowing fish put tribes at risk along Columbia Posted: March 23, 2002 - 7:00AM EST by: Jennifer Hemmingsen / Correspondent / Indian Country TodayLAPWAI, Idaho -- A new study shows local Indians were exposed to more Hanford site radiation than previously thought, but tribal members aren't surprised.
For more than 40 years, the U. S. government produced weapons-grade plutonium at the Hanford Site in south central Washington State. During its operation, the facility released significant amounts of 11 different radioactive materials. From 1944 to 1957, most of these releases were into the air. From the 1950s and 1960s, radioactive substances were released into the Columbia River through water used by Hanford reactors.
The Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction project was established to estimate what radiation dose people living near Hanford might have received from releases of radioactive materials. A recent reevaluation of the HEDR project by the Centers for Disease Control showed the study underestimated Native American fish consumption -- the primary means of radioactive material transmission.
Read the total story at: http://www.indiancountry.com/?1016809746&style=printable Jim Oyler
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