'Divine Strake May Kill You' - This Is One Scary Read!
St. George, Utah
Saturday, January 27th
Divine Strake is a precursor to building larger nuclear devices designed to kill people and destroy facilities. There is a very good chance that 700 tons of fuel oil and ammonium nitrate could blow the top off the mountain if it is an underground mountain test.
The Nevada Test Site grounds are contaminated with isotopes from previous nuclear testing. Many radioactive isotopes are imbedded in the desert soil of the Nevada test Site. If an accident occurs with Divine Strake and the winds are blowing in the direction of St. George, these deadly Isotopes could become airborne and contaminate our beautiful city.
Being an on site participant at the Nevada Test Site on 18 December 1970, I watched the Nuclear Test Baneberry come out of the ground and go airborne. The fallout covered l3 States and crossed the U.S. boundary into Canada, a violation of the Test Ban Treaty.
The Baneberry accident occurred at 7:30 am about 9000 feet from my work location. At that time about 600 of us construction workers were gathered around the area 12 cafeteria. We were told to go to our work locations, but no one did.
Within a short time the fallout from this atomic bomb was coming down on us at the cafeteria and other locations. Only about 150 people could get inside the cafeteria which also became contaminated. The rest of us had no place to go. We were covered with fallout.
I did not have a hat on that day, and my head and clothes were covered with radioactive fallout. All of us construction workers were breathing this fallout. About 9 AM that morning I breathed in a hot particle and it lodged into the nasopharyngeal region of my nose. This hot particle made my nose start to bleed. I made my way into the men's room and I used wet toilet paper to try and wash out that hot particle.
Finally about 9:30, I stopped the bleeding that left me with a large nasal septal perforation I then went outside and all the busses were gone.
There was a guard outside the cafeteria and he said the busses left about 9:15. The security guards confiscated between 450 and 500 of our cars as they were too radioactive to let us have.
The security guard told me to wait there at the cafeteria and someone would pick us up shortly. Myself and a few others waited all day long and no one come to pick us up and take us out of the area. I might interject here that the evacuation siren never did go off that morning to leave the area.
About 2PM a co-worker from California had his car in the housing area and loaded with his personal belongings just waiting for a chance to get out of the area, as it was his idea to leave and not return to the Test Site. He waited until the guards were not at his location and started to leave.
My friend saw me standing there and yelled for me to get into his car. I brushed the fallout out of my hair as much as I could and took off my winter coat and shook the fallout off of it as best I could, get into his car and we headed up to area 17 as the regular road from area 12 was blocked off.
The fallout was still coming down at area 17 and the road was blocked there and we just waited. About 2:15 a bus arrived and we went down to CP6. A radiological safety person boarded the bus with a Geiger counter and just walked down the aisle waving the Geiger counter over us. He then went to the front of the bus and told us that we pegged the meter.
Then he said when we got home to take off all of our clothing winter coats and boots in our garages and burn them if we had burn barrels. In those days in Las Vegas most homes had burn barrels. Then he said to take cold showers 3 times a day for 2 weeks, in which I did. I told my wife that I was probably a walking dead man. I had a wife and 3 children at home- I had this mental strain of wondering how long it would take before this atomic bomb would kill me.
Fortunately for me, I have had many good doctors. This Baneberry bomb caused Squamous Cell Carcinoma to grow on the top of my head and two more on my forehead at the hairline. Each time I have caught them in time and had very good cancer doctors remove them before they went through my scalp and into my brain.
At this time I feel another one growing which I will have removed at my next doctors appointment. This fallout has caused me to have my aorta artery and left renal artery replaced, it has also left me with almost total renal failure.
I have had a Fistula put into my left wrist and left elbow for dialysis and both have failed. I give many thanks to the Nephrology center here in St. George as my red blood cells are now dying off at a rapid pace and this center is saving my life with Aranesp injections about every two weeks to prolong the life of these red blood cells. I have other medical problems in which the good doctors and nurses here in St. George are taking care of.
I strongly urge every person with a computer to write a protest against the Divine Strake Test, as that will be the beginning of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site- The Government cannot guarantee that the nuclear testing will not leak radioactive fallout from leaving the boundaries of the test site. We have a beautiful city, lets keep it that way and protect our citizens from the deadly radioactive fall out from any future testing at the Nevada Test Site.
St George, Utah
Protest Website email@example.com or (702-295-0625)
Citizens Speak Out Against Divine Strake
The Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:01/27/2007 10:19:15 AM MST
The following statements were made at the hearing sponsored Wednesday by Gov. Jon Huntsman in Salt Lake City on the planned Divine Strake weapon test:
"I was blood tested and tattooed along with my classmates by the government so they could monitor the effects of testing. I'm not interested in going through this again. I'll lie in the road if I have to. The trucks will have to run me over." Michelle Bird
"It's empowering to hear everybody's personal stories. To those worried about being emotional: We need to be emotional. Write letters and make phone calls. This is a too-familiar road we're traveling down." Cindy Bur
"I'd like to talk about U.S. leadership - or lack thereof. At a time when there are legitimate fears about nuclear-weapons programs in Iran and North Korea, at a time when just last week the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved their clock a few minutes closer to midnight, at a time when U.S. credibility around the globe is at its lowest ebb, it's critically important the U.S. not take this action. As several others have said tonight, it's not divine, it's not rational, it's not necessary." George Cheney
"The public can demand an Environmental Impact Statement and I hope that's something everyone will do. An EIS finally gives the public a say, but if people don't request it, it won't happen." Michael Cowley
"I'm confused. An agency I've never heard of has a $2 billion-plus budget. Why isn't this money being spent better elsewhere? A bunch of guys just want to set off firecrackers." Terry Crowther
"I'm a downwinder. My life has been shaped by what happened to me at the hands of my government. I have thyroid cancer and I lost a sister to lupus. In the neighborhood I grew up in I've counted 45 people who died of fallout-related illnesses. We traded our trust for our lives. We won't do it again." Mary Dickson
"I believe we should use our resources, our science and our technologies to fund and explore options for peace rather than more options for war." Monica Dixon
"I've had two miscarriages [the five other women in my family have had none]. The only difference was my address was Moab and theirs was Michigan. The government can't predict what dose of radiation downwind populations may receive nor how many cancers and miscarriages it will cause. There is no such thing as an acceptable dose." Susan Dolan
"It's been my honor to listen to this testimony. I, too, went to the so-called hearing the government offered; it was a sales pitch for this disaster. It's ironic that [tonight's testimony will] be put on the Department of Environmental Quality Web site the same week the Legislature votes to cut their funding, in a year when we have a $1.6 billion surplus. When we pull the rug out from under the guardians, who will protect us?" Ed Firmage Jr.
"I find Divine Strake to be totally counterproductive. We cannot blast our way to world cooperation." Naomi Franklin
"For 25 years I've been attending hearings about nuclear this and nuclear that. I'd like to say no, no nuclear anything." Meg Hards
"My husband and I, along with our children, moved to Cedar City in 1951. Our son Norman died at 42 of cancer. My son Paul died a horrible death at 55 from leukemia; my husband died three weeks later.These deaths were diagnosed as cancer from overexposure to radiation. Divine Strake is wrong and we need to stop it. I don't know how, but I know we must." Lois Iverson
"This testing will begin an escalation impossible to stop." Janie Iwamoto
"I was raised by a uranium-mining and hauling family. I've watched loved ones take their last breath and die of cancer related to radiation exposure. In the names of those I have buried, please do not allow these losses to be wasted." Collette Johnston
"Here we are at the threshold of a decision. Do we walk back into weapons development with its environmental, health and ethical quandaries, or do we step into the future and make a stand for public health, well-being and peaceful diplomatic solutions? These choices define our character." Tara Maher
"Developing and testing new weapons won't make our global community any safer; rather it will fuel continued violence and resentment toward the U.S. Let's put our resources toward true tools of peace." Shea Pickelner
"I grew up without grandparents - they died of cancer and we received "compensation" which is a horrible, horrible word - so I grew up without anyone older than my parents, as did many my age in St. George. I want to add that story of suffering to the many that have been said." Katie Savage
"My father died from multiple myeloma as a downwinder. They offered us compensation but no one can compensate for my father. We need to stand up and be noted and have the courage to say, 'I will not allow it again.' I hope we can get enough strength going between all of us." Barbara Stratton
"I want to remind people about a victory: MX missile. We fought it tirelessly and eventually the government conceded. We stopped MX; we can stop Divine Strake." Robert Volker
"I have a 1-year-old daughter; I'm here as momma bear. I love this state an awful lot. Every time I go camping I wonder am I camping on top of uranium tailings. I love gardening and I don't want to be afraid to grow food. I don't want to be afraid to drink water, or to breathe. We should just redraw the borders of Utah into the shape of a giant guinea pig." Kerri Warner
In tests they exposed sheep to the same radiation downwinders received. The sheep died. I just want the federal government to know that we aren't your sheep. [name unknown]
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