Saturday, July 21, 2012


Full Body Burden

From 1952 to 1989, the Atomic Energy Commission operated a plutonium trigger factory in Rocky Flats, Colorado. The 70,000 triggers made there by Dow Chemical and Rockwell International each contained enough plutonium to kill every human being on earth.

Contamination of the air, land and water in the region was initially covered up by the government and the contractors. Then, after several fires and other leaks, the contamination became the subject of lawsuits and grand juries, both of which were quashed by the U.S. Supreme Court and, most recently, by the Obama Administration.

Writing at Alternet, journalist Brad Jacobson interviews Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.


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