Nuclear worker documentary returns to theaters in CSRA via Aiken Standard

A documentary highlighting workers in the nuclear industry is returning to the CSRA.

The award-winning documentary “The Safe Side of the Fence” will be on the big screen next week at the Regal Aiken Mall 8 and at the Regal Exchange 20 in Augusta.

“The Safe Side of the Fence” will be shown at the Regal Aiken Mall 8 at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30. The documentary will be shown in Augusta at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Regal Exchange 20.

The film looks at the nation’s nuclear legacy from the start of the Manhattan Project to today’s nuclear industry, according to a news release about the film.

World War II’s Manhattan Project required massive amounts of uranium to be refined, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works took on the job, the release states.

“As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history,” according to the release. “This documentary explores the legacy that St. Louis is still coping with, from workers who became ill, to the challenges of dealing with the fallout of creating some of the world’s first nuclear waste.”

The documentary also delves into the history of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, a program that was set up to compensate nuclear weapons workers who became ill from their work, according to the release.

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