Downwinders Interviews: Jim Madrid Tells of Witnessing the Trinity Test

Jim Madrid was interviewed by Olivia Fermi, granddaughter of Enrico Fermi, on the 65th anniversary of the Trinity atomic bomb test. Both the picture and the interview are copyrighted by her, originally published at http://neutrontrail.com/2010/07/trinity-atomic-bomb-blast-a-first-hand-account/ I’m here now in Tularosa, New Mexico … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Geneal Anderson, Chairperson of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

You’d look to the west and there would be pink. Sometimes the sun was red. I remember that, but not knowing what was happening, not knowing about the testing going on in Nevada. I was a kid, born in 1952. … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Hap Lease, Marjorie Lease and Bonnie McDaniels

Margorie The cancer started in his throat, it was real sore. We went to our own doctor, who said, “You have a sore throat, I’ll give you antibiotics.” He took them for six weeks, but didn’t seem to improve any. … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Alden Roberts

Alden Roberts, the father of seven children, was a schoolteacher and an outdoorsman who followed the Mormon “Word of Wisdom” all his life: no smoking, no drinking, no caffeine. His family raised their own food in their garden. “We had … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Gilbert Fraga, AEC Radiation Monitor

As a radiation monitor for the Atomic Energy Commission, Gilbert Fraga came into contact with all manner of people in Utah and Nevada while chasing fallout clouds in his Plymouth Fury. Frequently he would stop at one of Nevada’s ubiquitous … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Al Maxwell, Jackie Maxwell and their Daughter Robin

A story within a story, the saga of Al and Jackie Maxwell and their six children is transitional between the experiences of the atomic veterans and those of the downwinders. During World War II, Al Maxwell was a prisoner of … Continue reading

Living with the Homestake Uranium Tailings Pile

The Homestake-Barrick Gold 90-foot tailing pile looms over some 75 households. It is composed of two unlined piles holding about 22 million tons of processed uranium ore and covers 255 acres. These households are stuck with homes they can’t sell … Continue reading

Nuclear Free Zone Declaration for NW New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt

NUCLEAR FREE ZONE DECLARATION for the Northwest New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt Uranium mining and milling activities in the Grants Uranium Belt of New Mexico form a critical link in the nuclear fuel chain that supplies nuclear power plants and nuclear … Continue reading

Uranium Project Proposed near Church Rock

Uranium Fracking? Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are conducting an environmental review of a proposed uranium project in western New Mexico. Commission staff began their three-day visit Tuesday. They’re reviewing plans related to a proposal by Hydro Resources Inc. to … Continue reading

Communities for Clean Water Conference Videos

The videos of the Communities for Clean Water Conference “Weaving Our Río Grande Communities Together” that took place on July 26 & 27, 2012 are available at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weavingcommunities. Groundwater Flows from Area G to the Buckman Projects If you have … Continue reading

Southeast New Mexico’s Nuclear Corridor

John Heaton, a former New Mexico state representative, made a presentation entitled SE NM’s Nuclear Corridor: Now and Future on June 12th, 2012 to the NRC’s Fuel Cycle Information Exchange (FCIX). During the presentation he discussed sites in the “corridor” (WIPP, URENCO and … Continue reading

Sandia National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) DOE Facility operated by Lockheed Martin 1.5 million cubic feet of radioactive and hazardous wastes, including americium-241 and plutonium-238 and 239, are buried in unlined pits and trenches at the SNL Mixed Waste Landfill dump. Cancer-causing radionuclides, … Continue reading