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

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

Clean Up the Barrick Gold/Homestake Uranium Mine

The EPA has documented serious health effects from the abandoned Barrick Gold/Homestake uranium mine and mill.  Nevertheless, plans to open the nation’s largest uranium mine in the same area north of Milan, New Mexico are continuing. Multiple permits are necessary to open the mine, but none … Continue reading

Post ’71 Health Survey

The Post ’71 Survey is a health survey highlighting the severe illnesses of uranium miners, millers and transporters who worked after 1971 and are suffering adverse effects from uranium exposure. People who worked in the uranium mines before 1971 qualify for federal … Continue reading

Energy Fuels’ Roca Honda Mine Project

Energy Fuels and Sumitomo of Japan have launched a joint venture to mine uranium on the flanks of Mount Taylor, sacred mountain for Diné and Pueblo peoples and a registered National Cultural Site. The Roca Honda Mine would be located in … Continue reading

Mt. Taylor and the Roca Honda Mine

A Nasty Record of Devastation By Journal Staff on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 Don’t let Strathmore Minerals Mine Uranium in N.M. By Candace Head-Dylla In a June 22 op-ed column published in the Journal, John DeJoia of Strathmore Minerals refers … Continue reading

Ionizing Radiation and Health

Red, blue and yellow light are low energy forms of radiation. Ionizing radiation, however, damages health because of its very high energy. In delicate living cells, ionizing radiation damages molecules by knocking electrons out of their atomic orbits. Usually–but not … 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: 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