The Dangers Of Radiation During The Cold War
Soldiers have been put in danger throughout recent history due to negligence with nuclear material and weapons testing. Either through having soldiers being at the actual test sites when the bombs were detonated or having them complete military exercises afterwards or getting the site ready for the next weapons test. Having soldiers move around radioactive material, living on bases nearby radioactive material, getting unknowingly bombarded by radiation to see its effects on the human body. How governments cover up the effects, the correlation between the weapons testing and veterans succumbing to sickness and disease after their service. And how some nations are trying to right their wrongs.
In the years that make up the Cold War roughly 1947 through 1991, between the nation …show more content…
Treasure Island was the Navy 's academy ground for nuclear training, teaching sailors on how to detect radiation, repair radiation instruments, decontaminate ships after a nuclear explosion. They were also taught how to handle samples of Cesium 137, along with tritium, plutonium, cadmium, cobalt, strontium and krypton. Boats from the Bikini Atoll tests were moored up to the island, one such ship the Uss Independance was used as a classroom, along with another ship monikered the Uss Pandemonium, to teach sailors on ship decontamination,and how to use the radiation meters. This exposure was continued in classrooms on the island as well, waste and old materials were permitted to simply be buried on the island in little more than plastic bags. Today many of these dangerous waste pits have been uncovered all across the island. This island after 1991 was opened up to the civilian population, there are families living there, schools, grocery stores, parks, all being exposed to the negligence that only in the recent years has the Navy start to step up and accept its