Monday, July 12, 2010
Nuclear Industry's Legacy of Death in New Mexico: July 16
Photo Atomic bomb detonation Trinity, NM, 1945
It was on this day, July 16, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was detonated 35 miles southeast of Socorro, N.M., at the Trinity Site. In Tularosa on Friday, a candlelight vigil will remember those who died of cancer. Survivors will offer testimony on Saturday.
It was also on this day, July 16, 1979, when the Church Rock uranium mill tailings spill took place. When an earthen tailings dam broke at the United Nuclear Corporation Church Rock Uranium Mill, large amounts of liquid radioactive waste spilled into the Puerco River in New Mexico, which eventually flowed downstream into Arizona. The majority of those living along the stream are Navajos.
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