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Nuclear weapons testing still affects human health


Nuclear weapons testing still affects human health
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability/The Workbook
February 26, 1998

Are you at risk? An important message about radiation health effects for people who were children in the 1950s

Nuclear weapons testing sill affects human health

Thousands of citizens affected by the U.S. Departmane of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex are asking people around the nation to become more aware of the health effects of nuclear weapons testing, as part of Radiation Health Effects Awareness Month. Unfortunately, people in many parts of the country, not just those living in the shadows of DOE sites, are at increased risk of cancer from fallout from those bomb tests.
This educational program, consisting of fact sheets, background information, and action opportunities, is sponsored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a national network of grassroots and national organizations working on issues of nuclear weapons production and nuclear waste. Public education, awareness, and involvement are necessary because the health effects of above-ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s have still not been fully disclosed by the U.S. government even though tens of thousands of people are affected. In 1982, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to assess the effects of Iodine-133 exposures from above-ground nuclear weapons tests conducted between 1945 and 1962. Results of that study were released in 1997, only after pressure was brought by ANA and other organizations.

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