Interviews near US nuclear sites: “Piles of dead lambs-with 2 heads, or no legs… just piles of dead baby lambs” — “Lambs born without eyes or mouths… legs grotesquely grown together, others had no legs” — “Farmers couldn’t understand why all the animals were dying… all the dogs and cats too” (VIDEOS)
ourneyman Pictures, published Sep 28, 2015 (emphasis added): In towns like St. George in the state of Utah, which were downwind of the [Nevada] test site, people found the nuclear program much more troubling. Claudia Peterson remembers seeing atomic blasts as a child growing up near St. George. “I was with my brother out in the garden and this ball of red flame came up over the horizon and I ran to the house to tell my mother there was flying saucer. Our neighbors had sheep, and I remember thinking during lambing season that it was normal to have piles of dead lambs — with two heads, or no legs, or just piles of dead baby lambs.” People in the town started to get sick. When she was a child, two of Claudia’s school friends died of cancer, and her father was diagnosed with a brain cancer. “I thought that was probably the hardest thing I was ever going to go through, but it was just the tip of the iceberg for what happened in our family”… Her daughter bethany was just 3 when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, at the same time Claudia’s sister succumbed to melanoma. “So I came home, told my sister goodbye, took her off life support. Her youngest child was 6 months old, her oldest was like 14 at the time — and a month later our daughter died.”
Interview with LaVerne Kautz of Ritzville, Washington, published Aug 2, 2015 (at 5:45): “We were taught to believe in our government and everything that they told us [about Hanford], but I don’t anymore on… We had a lot of what we call ‘crooked calves’ and they’re blaming this on to the lupine [plant]. But we had done an average of 200 cattle a year that we ran, and we’d never had a problem with crooked calves [before] and we had a lot of lupine in our pastors, and we quit raising cattle in 1959… There’s been quite a few farmers with crooked calves.”
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COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION FINAL SAFETY ANALYSIS REPORT (pdf), Dec. 2011: Grand Coulee Dam is ~250 river miles upstream from the CGS nuclear reactor, while the Wanapum Dam is ~60 river miles from the reactor and ~30 river miles from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Seattle Times, Feb. 28, 2014 (emphasis added): ‘Serious problem’: 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam — A massive crack in a major Columbia River dam poses enough of a risk of dam failure that Grant County authorities have activated an emergency-response plan. […] “At this point we already know there’s a serious problem,” said Thomas Stredwick, spokesman for the Grant County Public Utility District (PUD). “We want to make sure the spillway is stable enough that inspectors are safe when inspecting it. […] This is a situation that’s really changing as more information becomes available” […]
Emergency plan activated after ‘massive’ crack found in dam near nuclear site — Official: ‘Serious problem’; Failure risk ‘sufficiently high’ — NOAA: “Potential for rapid increase in flows” — Gov’t: Flooding could release radioactive waste from Hanford (VIDEO)
The World’s Most Dangerous Dams With Very Spectacular Possiblities From Our Planners Hovering Above Nuclear Plants