|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sat, 14 Nov 2009 11:41:32 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Nevada Test Site's polluted groundwater|
Nuclear scars: Tainted water runs beneath Nevada desertThe state faces a water crisis and population boom, but radioactive waste from the Nevada Test Site has polluted aquifers.
By Ralph Vartabedian Los Angeles Times November 13, 2009 Reporting from Yucca Flat, Nev.A sea of ancient water tainted by the Cold War is creeping deep under the volcanic peaks, dry lake beds and pinyon pine forests covering a vast tract of Nevada.
Over 41 years, the federal government detonated 921 nuclear warheads underground at the Nevada Test Site, 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Each explosion deposited a toxic load of radioactivity into the ground and, in some cases, directly into aquifers.
When testing ended in 1992, the Energy Department estimated that more than 300 million curies of radiation had been left behind, making the site one of the most radioactively contaminated places in the nation.
During the era of weapons testing, Nevada embraced its role almost like a patriotic duty. There seemed to be no better use for an empty desert. But today, as Nevada faces a water crisis and a population boom, state officials are taking a new measure of the damage.
... For the entire article, see http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-radiation-nevada13-2009nov13,0,3038881.story -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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