Santa Fe New Mexican and ProPublica: Half-life

Number 28329
Subject Nuclear Energy
Source New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.)
State
Year 2018
Publication Date March - November 2018
Summary The series Half-life, a partnership between the Santa Fe New Mexican and ProPublica, explored health and safety conditions for nuclear workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The says it has complied with federal workers’ safety rules since the mid-1990s, but The New Mexican and ProPublica found thousands of lab workers have filed benefits claims for cancer, and hundreds more have died, as a result of work done in the last two decades — a generation in which nuclear work conditions were supposed to be safe. Reporting found these workers face steep hurdles and are more frequently denied benefits than older generations. The Department of Energy has also rarely held Los Alamos contractors accountable for safety issues and has taken steps to limit independent oversight of safety conditions at federal nuclear sites nationwide.
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Keywords Santa Fe New Mexican, ProPublica, Los Alamos National Laboratory, safety rules, cancer, radiation, nuclear, conditions
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