Every 'Downwinder' Has A Name And Face But No Voice In Congress!
I checked out the “ Mohave Downwinders Site” and saw a story that brought tears to my eyes and put a giant knot in my stomach.
The narrator tells of “watching the BEAUTIFUL clouds at sunset in the 1950’s drifting down from the Nevada Test Site.”
Those BEAUTIFUL clouds were laden with radioactive dust that polluted a three state
area and are still causing cancer related deaths.
I honestly want to believe, at the time of those tests, no one was fully aware of or could imagine the horror of the devastating health hazards being created on the area’s human and animal population downwind from the test site, BUT THEY SURE AS HELL KNOW - NOW!!!
My name is Eleanore Fanire, who is with the Mohave County Downwinders . I was on your site the other day and was so impressed
We, as a county, have been overlooked with the Nevada Test Site Radiation Exposure Act of 1990. I would like the opportunity to meet with you and perhaps we could arrange for a meeting with some of our issues to discussed.
It has been a nightmare getting our district US Congressional two Arizona Senators ( Mc Cain and Kyl) and elected U.S. Congressional House Rep. Trent Franks to sponsor a bill in congress for placements.
We have supplied facts from Arizona Public Health on cancer stats showing the death rate from cancer per 100's . Our members attended the NAS hearing also conducted our own Arizona state hearing under the direction of AZ Director Radiation Regulatory, Aubrey Godwin to show the physical harm that results from blasts at the Nevada Test Site.
This county is the highest rated in the state with different cancers per 100's during the recorded years . There is not one person in our group for the past 8 years (and many years before )who contacted Washington (about this issue ) has received a response in the form of a letter concerning these issues.
We do have a web page (http://www.mohavedownwinders.com/) with several issues on it. Five counties were added when Arizona was amended to the RECA Act. 1999 &2000 There are a hundred letters from our group telling the elected officials how their families have been harmed. This also has been quite an issue with many other states, as well as ours, facing the challenge of radiation pollution in our country.
I am trying to get someone to make a documentary or movie on all “ downwinders”, the Nevada Test Site and the Mushrooms clouds resulting from the tests that harmed American school-age children from their first grade to the 12 years when they graduate. How many of their classmates have lost their lives, and members of their family?
This Nevada Test Site is America best kept secret. The Washington DC- U.S. administration really does not want American citizens know who is using their bomb testing on us or do they wish to let America know that many tests are still being performed in the USA, unbeknownst to the John Q Public.
Our Black Hats are in honor of the deceased and our boot represents the downwinders, currently in treatment, to have our elected officials walk a mile in our boots. Every downwinder has a face and a name just no voice in Congress.
They are the unsung hero's minus a Purple Heart for their service to our county as guinea pigs as a result of the radiation tests performed at the Nevada Test Site during the 1950s.
Again, our website http://www.mohavedownwinders.com/ web page email@example.com if used please put subject “ Downwinders” so spammers will not pick it out.
I do thank you for becoming a voice for those who do not have the honor.
Mohave County Downwinders
2490 Mullen Drive
Kingman, Arizona 86401
My phone number is (928) 716-6051 cell #
(928) 753-6051 home
New Wildfire Reported In Nevada Test Site
By KEN RITTER
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A new wildfire was reported Wednesday in a vast U.S. nuclear weapons testing range in Nevada, while firefighters reported progress containing a separate fire in a nature refuge about 25 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip.
Dubbed the Mid-Valley Fire, the Nevada Test Site blaze covered some 12 square miles and was burning away from test site administration facilities in Mercury and Yucca Mountain, the site the government has picked to entomb the nation's nuclear waste.
The fire did not threaten structures or sites left contaminated following above- and below-ground nuclear testing from 1951 to 1992, said National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Kevin Rohrer in North Las Vegas.
"The fire has not burned through any posted radiological areas, nor is it threatening any surface-contaminated areas at this time," Rohrer said. "Fires can be erratic and they can change, but right now there is no threat to any structures or facilities."
About 60 test site and federal Bureau of Land Management firefighters were working to contain the fire, aided by two single-engine air tankers and a spotter plane working from a test site airstrip.
The fire was estimated at 8,000 to 10,000 acres, and was believed to have been ignited Tuesday morning by a lightning strike about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Rohrer said the fire was about 15 miles from Mercury and 10 miles from Yucca Mountain, the Energy Department facility designated in 2002 as the collecting point and repository for highly radioactive waste now stored at sites in 39 states.
Energy Department plans to begin entombing waste at the site have been postponed by legal, administrative and budget battles.
The test site fire was 80 miles northwest of another large fire, dubbed the Gass Complex, burning since Friday in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
Some 325 firefighters from states including Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon and Montana were battling flames by hand in crackling-dry grasses, creosote and mesquite bushes, and pinon, juniper and Joshua trees in steep terrain.
Lisa Ortega, a Nevada Division of Forestry spokeswoman fires, said officials hoped favorable weather would help contain the irregular 26-square-mile fire area, which cast smoke over Gass Peak that was visible in Las Vegas.
"Mother Nature has a bag of tricks. You never know what she's going to give," Ortega said Wednesday, noting that thunderstorms forecast for the area could bring rain to help quell flames, but also pack lightning to start more fires.
Fire managers estimated containment at about 20 percent, but expected to be able to encircle the 16,800-acre fire by Friday, Ortega said. Several fires merged over the weekend after being sparked by multiple lightning strikes.
The fire was about seven miles west of the largest power plant serving Las Vegas. But no structures, including the electricity plant, were immediately threatened, officials said. No injuries were reported.
Adding the Mid-Valley Fire to several large fires that have been contained in southern and northern Nevada in recent days, some 160,000 acres have burned in Nevada since June 23. To date, no major injuries or structure damage have been reported.
On the Net:
National Interagency Fire Center Incident Management Report: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
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