|"America's Largest Nuclear Test Exposed Thousands"
||[Jul. 27th, 2003|10:14 am]
I was reading a Project Censored book from 2000 and found this information. I found it pretty shocking and thought I should share it:
"Thirty years ago, Amchitka, which sits at the midway point on the great arc of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, was the site of three large underground nuclear tests, including the most powerful nuclear explosion ever detonated by the United States. Despite claims by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Pentagon that the test sites would safely contain the radiation released by the blasts for thousands of years, independent research by Greenpeace and newly released documents from the Department of Energy (DOE) show that the Amchitka tests began to leak almost immediately.
"Thousands of Amchitka laborers and Aleuts were, however, living on nearby islands. Highly radioactive elements and gases poured out of the collapsed test shafts, leached into the ground water, and worked their way into ponds, creeks, and the Bering Sea. Dozens of people have died of radiation-linked cancers.
"The immediate ecological damage from the blast was staggering. The blast ruptured the crust of the Earth, sucking a creek into a brand-new aquifer, a radioactive one...despite these alarming findings, the government never returned to Adak to conduct follow-up medical studies."