|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:54:38 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, GLOBAL: Cleaning up plutonium in Palomares, Spain|
Signs of progress in a Spanish town's drive to get U.S. to finish
cleaning decades-old nuclear bomb accident
The World, Public Radio International June 6, 2012Some 50 years ago, four American nuclear bombs were lost when the bomb carrying them exploded and lost its cargo into the Spanish countryside. Though there was no nuclear explosion, some of the plutonium in the bombs was spread across the town and surrounding area. Most of it was cleaned up, but not all of it.
The United States government calls nukes that go astray Broken Arrows. On a sunny January morning in 1966, Palomares, Spain, got four of them. Two American Air Force planes collided in midair and exploded, dropping four nuclear bombs on a tiny Mediterranean farming village.
At 31,000 feet, an American B-52 bomber had collided with a refueling plane and broke apart. Three of its bombs fell to land, the fourth into the sea.
The accident did not cause a nuclear explosion. But radioactive material was dispersed over parts of the town and farmlands. The United States led a huge clean up. But they didn’t get it all.
... For the entire story, seehttp://www.pri.org/stories/politics-society/government/signs-of- progress-in-a-spanish-town-s-drive-to-get-u-s-to-finish-cleaning- decades-old-nuclear-bomb-accident-10127.html
You may need to cut and past the link. -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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