During the Cold War we were told that the real nuclear danger would come from abroad and the Soviet Union. Unbeknownst to Utahns, the biggest threat was from our very own government that subjected millions of people to fallout from its nuclear weapons testing program in Nevada. Read on to learn about the term Downwinder and current attempts to take us back down the path to new weapons testing.
Between 1951 and 1962, over 100 nuclear bombs were detonated in the open air of Nevada’s desert. Utahns were never told the fallout was dangerous to their health, or to seek shelter as the radioactive clouds rained fallout over their homes, gardens and pastures. We drank milk, not knowing it was laced with strontium-90, which mimics calcium, concentrates in bones, and causes cancer. Click here to read more.
Bound by the winds that carried radioactive fallout over her childhood home in St. George, Michelle Thomas has been working for decades to educate the public about the horrific health effects that nuclear fallout wreaked on those living downwind of the Nevada Test Site. Click here to read more.