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Radioactivity / Grand Junction, Colorado #229831

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 10, 1973
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(Studio) Grand Junction, Colorado, scene for largest radioactive decontamination project ever undertaken in US.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Grand Junction, Colorado) Atomic Energy Commission thought land fills in Grand Junction safe for homes. Scientists find homes built on land dangerously radioactive. Radioactivity can cause cancer and genetic mutations in coming generations. [Colorado health department Robert SIEK - cites lung cancer in uranium miners, and says gene defects very possible.] Radioactive materials from land must go. Largest concentration found under George Mizushima's home. [MIZUSHIMA worries about effect on children.] Radioactive soil used as landfill in building schools. Harmful radiation explained. Excavation operations under 700 homes and 2 or 3 more schools may be necessary. State officials unsure with regard to federal money needed to decontaminate city. Decontamination to take several years
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Drinkwater, Terry;
Mudd, Roger

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