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: Israel Martinez, Uranium Miner

Israel Martinez worked for United Nuclear Partners as a motor man at section 23 in the Grants Mineral Belt, New Mexico. He also worked at section 25, mining uranium underground for five years from May 17, 1977 until June 1982. … 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

Buckman Direct Diversion Project

A new map and an article,released by the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Project, show how the San Juan and Chama Rivers are being diverted to meet the water consumption of Northwestern New Mexico. This diversion will provide more than half of the … 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

Trinity Nuclear Weapons Test Site

Trinity Site Department of Defense Facility  On July 16, 1945, the first plutonium-based atomic device was detonated at Trinity site in southern New Mexico.  Dubbed The Gadget, it was created at LANL and contained 13.2 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium-239.  Only 2.6 … 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