|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:14:53 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: "Race and Radiation: The Equal Opportunity Killer at the Savannah River Site"|
Race and Radiation: The Equal Opportunity Killer at the Savannah
By Joseph Trento National Security News Service September 6, 2012The old Atomic Energy Commission did not give much thought to where they were going to put their new nuclear weapons processing plant in the 1950s other than it needed to be on the other side of the country from their World War II era facility in Hanford, Washington. The military planners wanted the two campuses as difficult as possible for Soviet bombers to attack simultaneously. The location picked during the Truman administration ended up being in the heart of the segregated South, near Aiken, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, because the site was large and had access to water for cooling the massive new reactors.
At SRS, five reactors, two separation plants, thousands of miles of pipes and high level nuclear waste storage facilities were built on what amounts to a swamp with the worst earthquake fault in the South running under it. Towns were relocated and the orchards, hunting and fishing grounds that sustained the lives of poor residents were taken over by a country fighting a new kind of war - a cold war. The reactors were built five miles apart so if the Soviets attacked one, the others could survive and keep producing plutonium. Production wastes - deadly to humans - were buried in cardboard boxes in open trenches.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.dcbureau.org/201209067618/national-security-news-service/ race-and-radiation-the-equal-opportunity-killer-at-the-savannah-river- site.html
-- 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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