Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Happy Anniversary, Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Operations Office
May 17 is the 23rd anniversary of the declassification of the Oak Ridge, Tenn. mercury pollution - largest mecury pollution event in world history. I was 26 when our Appalachian Observer newspaper got it declassified. It changed the history of Oak Ridge. It changed my life, too. Happy Anniversary, United States Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennesse Operations Office -- you have spent over $5 billion on cleanup. The whole world has been watching since May 17, 1983. The world, citizens and Congress are watching you. As I promised then, "Oak Ridge will never be the same again." What DOE and AEC did to nuclear workers and residents was immoral and despicable. The whole world now knows what tyrants nuclear weapons plants managers were -- as Tom Clancy once wrote, "everything about nuclear weapons was immoral."