Title: CultureLab: The radioactive legacy of the search for plutopia
Source: New Scientist
Author: Rob Edwards
Date: March 18, 2013
[...] In 1965, scientists at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex in Washington state wanted to investigate the impact of radiation on fertility – and they weren’t hidebound by ethics.
In a specially fortified room in the basement of Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, volunteer prisoners were asked to lie face down on a trapezoid-shaped bed. They put their legs into stirrups, and let their testicles drop into a plastic box of water where they were zapped by X-rays.
The experiments, which lasted for a decade and involved 131 prisoners [...]
The testicle tests are just one of many disturbing details Kate Brown has unearthed from the official archives in her fascinating nuclear history. [...]
More Hanford History from Brown
- Tunnels created by muskrats undermined one of Hanford’s storage ponds, causing 60 million litres of radioactive effluent to pour into the Columbia river
- For 7 hours, they processed highly radioactive “green” fuel that had not been allowed to decay for as long as usual – and showered 407,000 gigabecquerels of radioactive iodine over nearby cities
- The Columbia [has] been called the most radioactive in the world, and many thousands of people who live downstream and downwind say the contamination has made them sick
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Published: March 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am ET