New Book: Shocking Hanford radiation experiments on prisoners — Columbia River called most radioactive in world

Published: March 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am ET


Title: CultureLab: The radioactive legacy of the search for plutopia
Source: New Scientist
Author: Rob Edwards
Date: March 18, 2013

“Shocking radiation experiments by US and Soviet governments” in Kate Brown‘s Plutopia

[…] 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. […]

Full report here

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

See also: [intlink id=”cbs-news-mind-boggling-mistakes-at-leaking-u-s-nuclear-site-the-chances-of-a-catastrophic-event-are-real-former-governor-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: March 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am ET


Related Posts

  1. TV: New high-level radioactive leak will reach Columbia River, says scientists — Fourth largest river in U.S. (VIDEO) February 18, 2013
  2. Radio: Uranium-contaminated plume covers 125 acres at U.S. nuclear site — Over 300 lbs. of uranium a year flowing into Columbia River (AUDIO) #Hanford July 30, 2013
  3. TV: Most hazardous material on planet leaking at U.S. nuclear site — Would contaminate our food chain for hundreds of years to come if it reaches Columbia River (VIDEO) April 29, 2013
  4. U.S.’s Unspeakable Experiments: Hundreds of pregnant women fed nuclear material — Infants drinking radioactive lemonade — “Only thing I could think of was Nazi Germany” -Official April 12, 2013
  5. NPR: Rapidly unfolding situation at cracked dam has engineers scrambling — Experts troubled over ‘slip’ in structure — Official “didn’t answer question” about dam near Hanford nuclear site — Major employer in area obviously worried — “Spring snow melt will swell river” — NBC: “Crack in Dam Repairs Itself” March 7, 2014

11 comments to New Book: Shocking Hanford radiation experiments on prisoners — Columbia River called most radioactive in world

  • We Not They Finally

    So the present Governor says there is "a chance" that the radioactivity will "leak" into the Columbia River, and that they should "prevent" that contamination. Looks like they came along several decades too late….

  • We Not They Finally

    And this was different from what the Nazis did HOW? Oh wait, don't answer that….

  • They probably were 'the Nazis'…Operation Paperclip wasn't very old at that point.
    If you'd been brought up in Germany where even school swimming certificates were stamped heavily with swastikas; brought up to think of other countries and races as inferior; saw your own country burnt & flattened…
    What would you eventually do to America if they were daft enough to hang on your every word …

  • RichWHOO RichWHOO

    I think the testicle experiments might just provide a good approach to population control. Painless, effective.
    Why mot?

    • lostworld lostworld

      I'm uncertain if you were being grimly sarcastic or not.
      However if you were not…
      Can we start with you?

  • Experiments on participants unaware of dangers continue. The army is one big source of human guinea pigs. Drugs and other substances are experimented on them before being given to the general population.

    Case: nerve gas agent deliberately sprayed on military:

    These days children are being forced to take an outrageous number of vaccines, although vaccine safety is continuously questioned, even by doctors.

    The latest news is that of experimental anthrax vaccine testing on children! The president's bioethic panel has given it the go ahead, under certain conditions.

    See links for anthrax vaccine and vaccines in general:

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Other research studies funded solely by the Atomic Energy Commission involved 131 prison inmates from 1963 to 1973 from both Washington and Oregon prisons. [8] Inmates volunteered to be subjects for testicular irradiations to study the effects on ionizing radiation on the male reproductive system, especially the production of sperm cells."

    "Incarcerated individuals are not in the best position to volunteer for experimental medical studies. The only incentive for the Washington and Oregon inmates were financial— each test subject was paid $25.00 for each testicular biopsy compared to the typical 25 cents a day for inmates laboring in prison industries. [9] At some point during the recruitment process doctors required test subjects to agree to a voluntary vasectomy to avoid fathering any genetically damaged children resulting from the procedure. Tested inmates suffered skin burns, pain, orchitis (testicular inflammation), and bleeding from scrotum biopsies. It appears that they were only vaguely informed about the possibility of tumors arising from the procedure but not the possibility of cancer. A series of law suits ensued in 1976 alleging poorly supervised research and lack of informed consent. The suits were settled out of court in 1979 with nine plaintiffs sharing $2,215 in damages. [10]"

  • Sickputer

    The biggest government experiment of all…toxic nuclear fallout in Japan.

    Just looking at the unwilling Japanese children "participants" under age 15:

    250,000 in Fukushima Prefecture
    1.5 million in Tokyo Prefecture
    16.5 million in Japan


    SP: Who will answer for their illnesses? Who can justify running operational nuclear plants in Japan after the entire country has been essentially poisoned forever?

    When confronted with invisible poison in your environment you have few choices. The average Japanese family has no financial ability to move away from the toxic areas.

    Japanese families must choose the primeval response of humans to a life-threatening threat: Fight or flight.

    It's a hard choice because illness and death from residual radiation is not quick and is denied by authorities. There will be no mass government reparations for flight. The system of civilization in Japan is hanging by a thread. More nuclear fallout could push it into total anarchy.

    The fact their country is an island makes refugee flight even more difficult. Very few in the most afflicted areas will leave their homes because the threat of death is just not eminent enough to trigger the flight syndrome.

    • Jebus Jebus

      But, but, in Augusta, GA everythings fine lookin' thru those tv glasses…
      By Joe Hotchkiss
      Deputy Editorial Page Editor(?)
      Sunday, March 24, 2013

      Two years after disaster, Fukushima residents thriving, healing

      The Japanese almost instinctively knew what needed to be done, Ryan said. Disaster shelters and emergency supplies appeared almost immediately.

      But just as quickly – which put Ryan ill at ease – was the swiftness with which the Japanese were “willing to act like it never happened.

      “I felt like we went back to school sooner than we should have and it just seemed like we only temporarily lost our footing on a treadmill. I couldn’t tell at the time if this was a good thing or not,” he said. “We didn’t know what was going to happen with the reactor or with all the aftershocks, but in the end maybe it was best to get back to normal as soon as possible.”


      Read the comments, fukushima truth, is spreading…

  • AB AB

    Gov't Experiments are routinely conducted. Sweden and California sterilized their populations. The Karolinska Institute in Sweden is experimenting on Chilean immigrants in Sweden by giving them deadly diseases.

    About the river, the Colorado River is also radioactive. It got contaminated after the supposedly safe deposits of spent nuclear waste deposited underground in cave systems were termed 'safe'. Not so as it turns out, it leaked and is still leaking.

    Report from 2000>