Proof of Harm imposed by Nuclear Fallout

Media Release
Dr Michael Wooldridge

Minister for Health and Aged Care
MW82/01
5 September 2001
ARPANSA REPORT ON STRONTIUM 90 TESTING PROGRAM

The Federal Government has today referred a report by the Australian Radiation
Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) into Australia’s participation
in a global nuclear monitoring program to the Australian Health Ethics Committee
(AHEC).

Between 1957 and 1978 Australia had a program for measuring strontium-90 (a
radioisotope associated with nuclear testing) contamination in the environment.
“While this important research program was public knowledge at the time, I share
the concerns of many Australians today about the ethics of not seeking the
informed consent of next of kin for the use of human bone samples in the
monitoring program,” Dr Wooldridge said on releasing the ARPANSA Report.
“It must be remembered that these events occurred in a different era when it was
not common practice to seek the consent of family members for these kind of
studies and that is why I asked ARPANSA to examine the records regarding the
monitoring program.

“I am informed that the former Australian Atomic Weapons Tests Safety
Committee, which coordinated this program, kept records, which included in
many cases, the identity of the human samples used. ARPANSA is currently
completing the process of collating these records.

“I am now referring the issue of how to best make this information publicly
available to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian
Health Ethics Committee. AHEC is expected to provide advice by the end of the
year on establishing proper ethical protocols so that family members can gain
more detailed information about the program,” Dr Wooldridge said.

The Report shows that Commonwealth officials requested hospital pathologists to
participate in the fallout monitoring program. Most pathologists in hospitals in
mainland Australia and the Northern Territory who were asked were willingly
involved as a public service.

The CEO of ARPANSA, Dr Loy, has written to the States involved and the NT
providing them with the report and with the names of the laboratories involved for
whatever further action they may wish to take.

The Report shows that for the first few years of the program, ashed human
samples were sent to laboratories overseas (USA and the UK) for measurement as
Australia did not have suitable equipment for measuring strontium-90. However,
during the 1960s this capability became available and subsequent samples were
analysed in Australia.

The results of the global research effort showed that humans were being
adversely affected by radioactive fallout from atmospheric testing of nuclear
weapons
and the monitoring program contributed to the eventual banning of
atmospheric testing throughout the world.

Media Contact:
Craig Simonetto, Office of Dr Wooldridge
Kay McNiece, Department of Health & Aged Care

end quote.

It is weird day indeed when people acting in the interests of Aboriginal Legal Rights claim a case cannot proceed because of lack of proof, when a Federal Minister of the Australian Government, and Liberal and National Party Government at that, provided a body of proof in 2001.

The documents released by Wooldridge and ARPANSA in 2001 were extensive and included detailed information pertaining to Strontium 90 uptake by the people of Australia and New Guinea.

As discussed by the AEC Committee in Washington, USA, August 1953. (See the relevant previous post.)

Minister Wooldridge confirms that the Atomic Weapons Test Safety Committee was actively engaged in Project Sunshine. The first 11 pages of the Minutes of the AEC Committee, which sat in August 1953, remain deleted and restricted from public view. In this document the Committee considered the risks of those close in to nuclear test areas and the vulnerability of such populations. The committee pondered the adequacy of the limits set in terms of the ICRP derived tolerance dose for Strontium 90, based as it was on the radium standard.

In the 1980’s Titterton, Chair of the Safety Committee admitted that he could not share all he knew in relation to the hazards of nuclear weapons testing with the rest of the Committee and hence could not share this information with the government and people of Australia because he was subject to the secrecy provisions of both the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Two months after the deliberations in Washington in August 1953, which set 25,000 megatons of explosive yield as the amount of nuclear weapons required to bring the population of the whole globe to the ICRP derived tolerance level for Strontium 90, United States B29 cloud chase aircraft took off from an Australian Air Force base and headed for Emu Field. They, together with RAAF aircrew had the task of chasing and monitoring the whole of the Totem 1 nuclear bomb fallout cloud.

The aircrews admit they failed. The US aircrews, veterans of the Pacific tests, reported that the cloud portions which were flown through were the most radio active they had ever encountered. One RAAF aircrew had a 12 hour flight, becoming lost in the attempt to find the missing portion of the cloud.

They should have been in jeeps, running around Mable Creek and Mintabie, South Australia, instead of assuming the whole cloud was at aircraft height.

And some people have the audacity to claim there is no proof.

It is past time for the world to know the contents of pages 1 – 11 of the August 1953 AEC minutes. Titterton for sure was in on it. What did he take to the grave?

On returning to base the US crews reported that their radiation detection equipment remained on full scale deflection.

By what special means did the British weapons engineers render their fallout so persistent that the US aircrews could not, under US regulations, approach their aircraft for 72 hours? There is more in a fallout cloud than Strontium 90. The short lived isotopes deliver a huge dose to those subject to fresh fallout.

The rumor is this: Several tons on coal had been placed at the base of the Emu 1 bomb tower.

In order to create dense, heavy, sticky, fallout.

It’s a rumor, unproven. But the proof of the fallout exists in Beta Burns and other effects suffered by people over 100 miles distant from Emu. And, while some revisionists and hacks find that incredible, such events were photographically documented by an AEC appointed radiation monitor in Nevada in the very same year. Ground level and near ground level nuclear fallout clouds engulfing Dry Springs and Warm Springs, Nevada. Jpe had to use a camera mounted in a lead lined box, with a little hole in it for the lens. Otherwise, he knew from experience, the film would fog from the radiation. This, on a farm, about 100 miles from Mercury Test Site, Nevada.

At Mintabie, Lallie had her camera, but was in such shock and horror at the multi hued cloud snaking as a Black Mist through trees toward them that she did not think to take a photo before she and her family were engulfed. The photo, had Lallie taken it, would not have come out. The film would have been fogged by radiation.

Her Beta Burns appeared shortly after. She sought diagnosis and was refused at the time. The doctor remained silent on the matter.

In the 1980s as the characteristic long term effect of cyclic reopening of wounds recurred, she received psorasis treatment. The treatment does not define the disease. It is Beta Burn.

“People were adversely affected”

Yes Minister.

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/eugenics-as-a-guiding-influence/

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/25000-megatons/

It’s a full circle. The results of Project Sunshine were predicted in August 1953.

The Minister confirmed the results in 2001.

By now, nuclear pollution is supposed to be normal, just like car exhaust.

That was the plan, anyway. Don’t let the plan succeed.

The story about the coal, well that’s unproven. What is known is that the US Pacific Proving Ground, with which the US aircrew were familiar, consisted of coral atolls. The calcium carbonate rich sand helped compose a different type of fallout than did the equivalent fission shots in Australia. Emu Field is a clay pan. That alone explain the difference. The extra-ordinary dirtiness of the Australian fallout, as experienced by the US crews. In contrast too, the Nevada test site is composed of silicate sandy soil, which produces a characteristic “glassy bead” within the fallout. Then there is the condensed metal, uniformly radioactive all the way through, rather than being coated with fission product, like the residue of the condensed soil particles.

How much detail do the solicitors want before they will recommence their action?

5 Responses to “Proof of Harm imposed by Nuclear Fallout”

  1. Ray Masalas Says:

    As always…. well worth reading.

    • nuclearhistory Says:

      Holy shit, its Ray. Hi Ray. I’ve been a bit busy lately. Hello Canada.

      Things have gone a bit ballistic down here recently, I will be doing more on FB as soon as I get the chance.

  2. CaptD Says:

    I salute all downwinders, soon everyone on Earth will be forced into that group!

  3. Australian government did admit harm to people exposed to British atomic bomb tests « Antinuclear Says:

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  4. Brett Burnard Stokes Says:

    today I messaged to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aboriginal-Legal-Rights-Movement-ALRM/149474497030 (the ALRM facebook page) message as follows:

    Hi

    I am wanting to make sure that you are aware of the following:

    https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/proof-of-harm-imposed-by-nuclear-fallout/

    Paul Langley presents public statement from 2001 in which Australian Government admits harm caused by atomic test fallout.

    Best wishes
    from
    Brett Stokes

    QUOTE:
    It is weird day indeed when people acting in the interests of Aboriginal Legal Rights claim a case cannot proceed because of lack of proof, when a Federal Minister of the Australian Government, and Liberal and National Party Government at that, provided a body of proof in 2001.

    The documents released by Wooldridge and ARPANSA in 2001 were extensive and included detailed information pertaining to Strontium 90 uptake by the people of Australia and New Guinea.
    END QUOTE

    QUOTE:
    By what special means did the British weapons engineers render their fallout so persistent that the US aircrews could not, under US regulations, approach their aircraft for 72 hours? There is more in a fallout cloud than Strontium 90. The short lived isotopes deliver a huge dose to those subject to fresh fallout.

    The rumor is this: Several tons on coal had been placed at the base of the Emu 1 bomb tower.

    In order to create dense, heavy, sticky, fallout.

    It’s a rumor, unproven. But the proof of the fallout exists in Beta Burns and other effects suffered by people over 100 miles distant from Emu. And, while some revisionists and hacks find that incredible, such events were photographically documented by an AEC appointed radiation monitor in Nevada in the very same year. Ground level and near ground level nuclear fallout clouds engulfing Dry Springs and Warm Springs, Nevada. Jpe had to use a camera mounted in a lead lined box, with a little hole in it for the lens. Otherwise, he knew from experience, the film would fog from the radiation. This, on a farm, about 100 miles from Mercury Test Site, Nevada.

    At Mintabie, Lallie had her camera, but was in such shock and horror at the multi hued cloud snaking as a Black Mist through trees toward them that she did not think to take a photo before she and her family were engulfed. The photo, had Lallie taken it, would not have come out. The film would have been fogged by radiation.

    Her Beta Burns appeared shortly after. She sought diagnosis and was refused at the time. The doctor remained silent on the matter.

    In the 1980s as the characteristic long term effect of cyclic reopening of wounds recurred, she received psorasis treatment. The treatment does not define the disease. It is Beta Burn.

    “People were adversely affected”
    END QUOTE

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