WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
FALLOUT FROM ATOMIC & NUCLEAR TESTING IN NEVADA
HISTORYThe U. S. government conducted atmospheric atomic weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1962.
The term, "downwinders", is applied to people who lived in Washington County and surrounding areas during the time of those atmospheric tests. Significant amounts of radioactive particles were dropped on these areas leading to higher than normal rates of cancer and other related diseases.
Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP)
This federally funded program provides education and free specialized physical exams to qualified individuals. Qualifications include residence in Washington County and certain other areas for one year between 1951 and 1958, or who lived here during July of 1962.
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
This federally funded program can provide payments of $50,000 to those individuals (or their heirs) who lived for two years in qualifying counties between 1951 and 1958 or who lived here during the month of July 1962, and who subsequently developed certain types of cancer. In addition to downwinders, cancer patients who were uranium workers may qualify for $150,000, and those who worked onsite for $75,000.
REFERENCESWikipedia article on the Nevada Test Site
The Downwinders of Utah Archive
at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah
Out of date website about the Nevada Test Site
United States Nuclear Tests, July 1945 through September 1992
DOE/NV--209-REV 15, December 2000
Atomic Test Effects in the Nevada Test Site Region
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, January 1955
They Never Knew: The Victims of Atomic Testing
Book by Glen Alan Cheney
Impact Books, 1996
ISBN-10: 053111273X, ISBN-13: 9780531112731
50 Years Later, The Tragedy of Nuclear Tests in Nevada
by Norman Solomon, January 5, 2001
SOUTHERN UTAH MEMORIES: The Atomic Test Named Dirty Harry
by Loren R. Webb, December 1, 2012
Atomic Tests In Nevada: The Story of AEC's Continental Proving Ground
This 25-minute film was produced in 1955 by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
It talks about the AEC's atomic testing in Nevada and the expected effects on St. George.
For another copy of the same film, click here.
Documentary film: Turning Point: Cover-Up at Ground Zero
Documentary film: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang
254 West 500 North
Malad City, ID 83252
Facebook Group: Downwinders of Southern Utah and elsewhere...