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Thursday
Jul162015

Resistance commemorates dark Atomic Age anniversaries in New Mexico

July 16th marks two dark Atomic Age anniversaries in New Mexico of national and even global significance. It's 70 years since "Trinity," the world's first atom bomb explosion, at Alamogordo, NM -- the Manhattan Project "test" for Nagasaki to follow three weeks later. And it's 36 years since one of the worst (and least known) radioactivity disasters in U.S. history, the massive uranium tailings dam release at Church Rock, NM. Ninety million gallons of liquid radioactive waste, and eleven hundred tons of solid mill wastes, spilled into the Rio Puerco River, vital source of drinking and livestock grazing water for Navajo communities downstream.

But resistance to nuclear weapons and nuclear power remains strong in the "Land of Enchantment," despite decades of ongoing radioactive abuses. This includes a joint "Radiation Monitoring Project" fundraiser by Diné No Nukes, S.A.N.S., and NEIS to provide detectors in uranium mining and milling contaminated areas of Navajo country, as well as the decades-long watchdogging work of Beyond Nuclear's Alliance for Nuclear Accountability coalition partners CCNS, Nuke Watch NM, and SRIC. More.