Tag Archives: Manhattan Project

Review: St. Louis paid a heavy price to help buid an atomic bomb via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

by Roland Klose, January 18, 2023 […] As Morice writes in “Nuked: Echoes of the Hiroshima Bomb in St. Louis,” the common thread that appeared to link these illnesses and deaths was Coldwater Creek, the 19-mile Missouri River tributary that … Continue reading

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Hazelwood School District to test for radioactive contamination near Janna Elementary out of ‘abundance of caution’ via KMOV4

T. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – It’s been a multi-year struggle for answers for parents with students attending Jana Elementary in Hazelwood, like Ashley Bernaugh. “We have to protect the kids, we have to protect our staff,” said Bernaugh, who is … Continue reading

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A Secret City With a Secret African American History via The New York Times

The U.S. government built Oak Ridge in 1942 to develop the world’s first atomic weapon. By Casey Quackenbush June 11, 2022 When a reported 7,000 African Americans from the Deep South were recruited to work on the Manhattan Project starting in 1942, they … Continue reading

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Regional EPA leaders visit West Lake Landfill Superfund site, release map of radioactive contamination via St. Louis Post Dispatch

BRIDGETON — The Environmental Protection Agency released new maps Friday of radioactivity at West Lake Landfill, showing contamination extending up to and, in at least a few places, slightly beyond the fence line of the Superfund site. Planning the long-awaited … Continue reading

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People downwind of first atomic blast renew push for U.S. payout via Santa Fe New Mexican

By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated PressMar 24, 2021 Updated Mar 25, 2021 ALBUQUERQUE — In the desert northeast of Las Vegas, Nev., residents living along the Nevada-Arizona border would gather on their front porches for bomb parties or ride horses into the … Continue reading

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Roger Hildebrand, U. of C. physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, dies at 98 via Hyde Park Herald

Roger Hildebrand, who worked on the Manhattan Project as a teenager before becoming a particle physicist and astronomer at the University of Chicago, died on Jan. 21 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Hildebrand, who lived in Hyde Park for more than 65 … Continue reading

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A Brief History of: The West Lake Landfill (Short Documentary) via Kqueirolomce

Landfills are by design a method of sweeping the mess under the proverbial rug. They are somewhere to store waste for a long period of time, naturally much of the items placed in landfills are not easily recyclable either due … Continue reading

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American’s Chernobyl via Cited

SEASON 01: EPISODE 08 (PART 1 OF 2) America’s Chernobyl 00:00:0000:50:49AMERICA’S CHERNOBYLRewind Play Forward    Richland, Washington is a company town that sprang up almost overnight in the desert of southeastern Washington. Its employer is the federal government, and its product is plutonium. The … Continue reading

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Flashback: Secret experiments in a Cook County preserve aided atomic bomb efforts — and left nuclear waste behind via Chicago Tribune

[…] If you walk down the wrong path, you’re going to miss it. And if you visit too close to dusk, you might get lost trying to leave. That was probably the intent of the scientists who were doing nuclear … Continue reading

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Visit the Reactor That Made the Plutonium for the “Fat Man” Nuclear Bomb via IEEE Spectrum

The Manhattan Project’s B Reactor at Hanford is a fascinating, complicated monument to U.S. nuclear historyBy Maria Gallucci A literal pile of cylinders rises 11 meters high inside a graphite box, filling the dimensions of a cavernous hall. The towering grid of … Continue reading

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