Legacy of Death from Building the Bomb

US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves ‘Legacy of Death on American Soil’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for CommonDreams New investigative reporting from McClatchy has exposed the hidden legacy—and “enormous human cost”—of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, providing “an unprecedented glimpse of the costs … Continue reading

The Oil & Gas Threats Map

The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows us that oil and gas air pollution isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem. The Pollution Until very recently, there were no federal limits on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. … Continue reading

Inside America’s Atomic State

Residents of new Mexico reflect on the toxic legacy of life at the center of the US nuclear complex by Samuel Gilbert/Al Jazeera Seventy years ago last August, a B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay released its 4,000kg load over … Continue reading

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: 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

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

Nuclear Cycle Contamination in New Mexico

New Mexico has a unique combination of many aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to uranium enrichment for nuclear power; weapons manufacturing to weapons testing; deconversion and testing of depleted uranium; storage and disposal of nuclear waste; and finally nuclear and chemical contamination of the water, air, land and people. Continue reading