Because the Navajo miners' exposure to the effects of uranium was so long-term, it has been determined to be 44 times that which the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki endured! Tests and studies were made on people, on the drinking water, and the habitats — some of which showed severe levels of radiation. If you're looking for an engaging summer read, pick up a copy! Beginning in Cuba in 1947, the book follows Mar a as she hitches a ride to Havana with a pig farmer. From the 1940s into the early twenty-first century, the United States knowingly used and discarded an entire tribe for the sake of atomic bombs. If you don't catch on to them, he's more than happy to explain them. Once the results of this carelessness became impossible to deny by the late 1960s, a depressingly predictable saga ensued of buck-passing, stonewalling and official obfuscation. And, the mesa that rose above Cane Valley was the hottest, richest, most productive uranium mine on Navajo land.
What am amazing work -- compelling and tragic that reads like fiction! Especially given all the time that we have spent in the 4 Corners area! Her book expands on that series' exposé of the way private industry mined on Navajo land in the Four Corners region of the West, disregarding worker safety in a rush to meet the U. After the hot war, the Cold War required uranium for American nuclear weapons. The thing is, American Indians are both, a minority and very poor, so they really get the worst of it, and always have. A second set of warnings emerged about the environmental impact. Craig got me this book for Christmas several years ago. We are left saddened once again at the plight of a dispossessed people in North America. A few years ago I read some of Pasternak's series on this issue in the L.
Once she started exploring the long-term impacts of the radiation it all came together better, at least for me. A book like this does two major things: not only can the reader begin to understand the disastrous consequences of uranium mining paid by the Navajo Natives, but there is also an element of warning for the future and environmental implications other communities might have to face as a result of disinformation and greed. That said, I had problems with the writing. Pasternak evokes the magnitude of a nuclear disaster that continues to reverberate. Previously, she worked at the Detroit Free Press, Baltimore News American and Hollywood Fla. How long and how often will we continue in the U.
Waxman D-Beverly Hills, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold hearings in 2007 that finally goaded the various federal agencies that had so scandalously neglected their regulatory duties to draft a five-year cleanup program and actually implement it. But his son Luke Yazzie, motivated by patriotism and his family's poverty, was lured by a promised finder's fee and showed them the rocks. Unfortunately, as part of the Cold War, Uranium mining became a national priority in the 1950's, and one of the largest sources of domestic uranium was found on Navajo lands in the vicinity of the Southwest Unite There's been a lot of talk since the 2010 election about intrusive government regulations hurting the economy and being at least partly responsible for rising unemployment in our Country. This was not corrected, incredibly, until after 2000! That day is coming soon, thank God! Children played on the pilings. They had a hearing, for the first time they brought a number of federal agencies to account together. It is a morality tale of the highest sort.
Yellow Dirt was the second book I read while on vacation this January. From the 1940s into the early twenty-first century, the United States knowingly used and discarded an entire tribe for the sake of atomic bombs. . This is one of those books. Sixty years of poisoning of a people who had no idea what was happening to them. After the hot war, the Cold War required uranium for American nuclear weapons. Her relationships are explored mainly through numerous repetitive scenes of copulation.
Few had heard of this shameful legacy until Pasternak revealed it in a prize-winning Los Angeles Times series that galvanized a powerful congressman and a famous prosecutor to press for redress and repair of the grievous damage. In this expanded account, she provides gripping new details, weaving the personal and the political into a tale of betrayal, of willful negligence, and, ultimately, of reckoning. She uncovers the stories of scientists and health professionals, Navajo and not, who tried to set off alarms and of governments and agencies that shuffled the reports and the blame. Ripped from vagina to rectum, sewn closed. Studded with vivid character sketches and evocative descriptions of the American landscape, journalist Judy Pasternak's scarifying account of uranium mining's disastrous consequences often reads like a novel — though you will wish that the bad guys got punished as effectively as they do in commercial fiction.
Navajo miners accumulated radiation exposure 44 times that of survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima! Navajos mined uranium without even the most rudimentary of precautions, despite mounting evidence that exposure to uranium and all the radioactive elements that it breaks down to was detrimental to human health. They built their houses out of chunks of uranium ore, inhaled radioactive dust borne aloft from the waste piles the mining companies had left behind, and their children played in the unsealed mines themselves. That day is coming soon, thank God! She has pieced together the legacy of uranium extraction on Navajo land and its aftermath. Even when money was available, it was often tied up in language that addressed only a fraction of the problem. Yet even now, long after the uranium boom ended, and long after national security could be cited as a consideration, many residents are still surrounded by contaminated air, water, and soil. In this expanded account, she provides gripping new details, weaving the personal and the political into a tale of betrayal, of willful negligence, and, ultimately, of reckoning.
Straight to the point, no wishy-washy ambiguity. This isn't terribly comforting, nor is the knowledge that the Navajos ultimately got some redress — after more than 30 years of lawsuits and increasingly desperate appeals for help. Yellow Dirt offers readers a window into a dark chapter of modern history that still reverberates today. More and more women and children became diagnosed with cancer and died prematurely. The Navajo worked unprotected in the uranium mines that fueled the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. Secretly, during the days of the Manhattan Project and then in a frenzy during the Cold War, the government bought up all the uranium that could be mined from the hundreds of rich deposits entombed under the sagebrush plains and sandstone cliffs. In any event, I was pleased and surprised to discover that the library had it.
Greed and unconcern for the effects of the hazardous remains of mining have left such a path of poison and tears. When the mining companies left, according to their contract, they were supposed to return the land in as good condition as received. Yellow Dirt powerfully chronicles both a scandal of neglect and the Navajos' long fight for justice. Because the subject matter is just too depressing to write about. But for many, these descriptors sound all too familiar.
Times reporter, has laid out each character and his or her role in the escalation of the situation in precise language, taking us logically through the story with little to no extraneous information. We are still undergoing what appears to be a never-ending federal experiment to see how much devastation can be endured by a people and a society from exposure to radiation in the air, in the water, in mines and on the surface of the land. Pasternak's narrative closes in the fall of 2009, when the cleanup of spoiled Navajo land and the replacement of contaminated Navajo homes were still a work in progress. And frankly, it would be all too easy for the agencies who are supposed to protect these people — just like the rest of us — to drop the ball again. Secretly, during the days of the Manhattan Project and then in a frenzy during the Cold War, the government bought up all the uranium that could be mined from the hundreds of rich deposits entombed under the sagebrush plains and sandstone cliffs. Disturbing and well-documented—and hopefully effective.