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Sick nuclear workers:
The deception ends
To build America's mammoth arsenal of nuclear weapons, the U.S.
government and its contractors knowingly put thousands of workers in
harm's way. But when workers complained of health problems, the
government lied about the hazards, spent millions fighting their claims in
court, and colluded with contractors to hide risks. Finally, on October 30,
2000, the Clinton administration took a giant step towards righting this
wrong, signing into law a compensation program for sick nuclear workers.
Why, after six decades of denial, did the government finally change its tune
and admit that it had put workers at risk? Michael Flynn explains in "A Debt
Long Overdue."
Nuclear weapons workers aren't the only ones whose health and well-being
have been jeopardized by the government's "science-based" radiation
policies. In "The Burden of Proof," Arjun Makhijani recounts the numerous
other victims?including the atomic vets, uranium miners, unwitting subjects
in plutonium experiments, and "downwinders"?of the government's nuclear
activities. With the passage of the nuclear workers compensation law,
writes Makhijani, "the sweeping scope of the human cost of the Cold War"
is finally coming out into the open.
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The legislation, however, is only a first step, writes Robert Alvarez in "Making It Work."
 Now that the government has admitted it made people sick, it next has to establish an
 administrative process for assessing thousands of claims, determine who is eligible, and
 provide claimants with a fair judicial review of decisions. It may be a long time before the
 checks get into the mail.
Visualizing the unthinkable

The U.S. nuclear weapons targeting plan?known as the SIOP?is a closely guarded secret,
to put it mildly. Not even members of Congress with top secret clearances are permitted a
But as BretLortie reports in "A-Do-It-Yourself SIOP," researchers at the Natural Resources
Defense Council have developed a computer program that can mimic the secret plan, allowing
anyone to better visualize theoutcome of a nuclear attack scenario. A better public understanding
 of what it means to target countries like Russia and China with thousands of nuclear weapons
might lead to a more rational war plan.
Nuclear weapons, the next generation?
A small but influential elite, writes Stephen I. Schwartz in "The New-Nuke Chorus Tunes Up,"
 wants the United States to build a new generation of highly accurate, bunker-busting
 nuclear weapons.
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 And don't forget:Plutonium,
 the contest
To accompany last issue's special section on plutonium disposal, the
Bulletin announced its idea for handling the world's "excess" stock of the
 stuff: a contest, with more than $3,000 in prizes. We're inviting
artists, architects, and general visionaries to submit their artistic work
for what we're calling the "Plutonium Memorial," a facility that would
house the world's unwanted weapon plutonium.
We see the memorial, were it actually ever to be built, as a grand and
 visible emblem reminding the world that short-sighted paths to power
can lead to a big pile of problems. We'll judge the entries and present
the winners in an issue next year.

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  The Weirs Times Online  Light Up Your Life

Now here is something new to think about in the year 2000.
Radioactive household goods. Kind of gives you the shivers,
doesn't it? How do you feel about eating with forks and knives
made from recycled metal once used in a nuclear power plant?
Or having braces on your kid's  teeth fashioned from steel that
was once radioactive?
Another millennium scare tactic? Sorry, this is really going to
happen. In fact, the process has already begun. BNFL Inc.,
a nuclear technology firm, has been given the go-ahead by the
Department of Energy to recycle and sell contaminated metals
from the Oak Ridge, Tennessee nuclear facility. I wonder why
Tennessee-born Vice President Al Gore hasn't brought
this to our intention? (I sure didn't find this skeleton in his closet.)
It can't be he doesn't know that 100,000 tons of radioactive
metal - of which nearly 2 million pounds have already been
recycled - is to be brokered to steel mills across the country,
or that an estimated 1.5 million tons of scrap metal in commercial
 and government nuclear facilities across the nation
could ultimately be recycled.
As early as the fall of 2000, such metals could be making their
way into your  home and office. Since nobody currently keeps
 track of where the metal from Oak Ridge goes, or what kind of
products it is turned into, someday soon, "slightly" radioactive
steel could show up in flatware, pots and pans, watches or
You may discover it was used to manufacture the zipper on your
 pants and belt buckles or in that much-needed hip replacement
joint. Think about taking Junior for a walk in "hot" a stroller.
Contemplate creating that gourmet meal on nuclear tainted
 appliances. Sleep tight on a mattress that rests on a frame with
traces of toxic waste. Yep. Could be there...or in anything made
 from steel. And to add fuel to the "radioactive" fire, a Lockheed
 Martin company plans to set up a plant to test ways of converting
radioactive waste into glass. Boy, is this going to throw all those
 Bridal Registries into a tizzy!
But, hey, the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory developed
 the laser technology to decontaminate radioactive scrap, so it
must be safe, right? It claims the process cleans
surface contamination sufficiently to allow reuse and
insists that any radiation left after decontamination is negligible.
How much does it take to poison someone? If every source of
 material that we own has radiation in it, at what point does that
dose become deadly? Nobody knows for sure if recycling is
safe...not even the Department of Energy. My vote is with the
 environmentalists and scientists who say even a very small
quantity of radioactivity could cause significant damage.

Oh, one more thing. There is controversy brewing over nickel,
 which is not just contaminated on its surface, but throughout.
Just to make you feel better, though - they say nickel has not
been released to the market. But that is no assurance,
particularly when there are no existing federal regulations
governing the recycling of any radioactive scrap that has been
"cleaned." Not even by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
which is still considering whether it's possible to set a national
standard on radiation levels in metals recycled from
commercial nuclear facilities. Nor is there a national standard
for metal that is contaminated inside. So, since the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission has no standard, and the EPA has just
begun writing a Preliminary Technical Support Document and
Cost-Benefit Analysis, the federal government has turned over
 the job of regulation to the state of Tennessee.
That's reassuring. Whatever they come up with (if anything) -
considering the DOE has been making deals out of public view
for some time now,and that it has been seeking to deregulate
radioactive waste throughout the 1980's -don't expect to hear
anything to make you feel comfortable from anyone anytime soon.
This is payback time, America. I guess we had it coming. We
demanded    more energy and less pollution. We wanted to win
wars. And nuclear power came to the rescue. Not once in all
these many years did we consider what we were going to do
 with the waste except bury it and hope it was safe. Now the
 Department of Energy is doing what it can to offset the $250
billion price tag of  a cleaning up the nation's massive nuclear
weapons complex. We wanted to  light up our lives. Well, done.
Now just about everything we touch will have a glow to it.

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