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A health inspector's fate: Contamination

Byron Vaigneur's job as a health supervisor at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant in South Carolina was to protect workers from the harmful effects of radiation.  But he could not protect himself – he was exposed to plutonium while sitting at his desk in 1975 and developed cancer as a result.

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Irradiated

The U.S. government has compensated over 52,000 nuclear workers illnesses related to radiation exposure, but the process is complicated. Deaths resulting from exposure while working at the plants and the compensation process for survivors begs the question: How much is a life worth?

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Calutron Girls

In the early 1940s, the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., employed thousands girls right out of high school.  They realized that their work was top secret, but they had no idea of the role the Manhattan Project would play in helping to end World War II.

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Nuclear workers benefits under attack

As the federal government increases spending on nuclear weapons, health and retirement benefits are potential cost-cutting casualties. At the Pantex nuclear plant in the Texas Panhandle, 1,100 unionized workers went on strike to fight the threatened cuts to their benefits.

World

Here's why the U.S. still has bases on Okinawa 70 years after WWII

The U.S. military has had a presence on the island of Okinawa since 1945. Long after the end of World War II, the small island has continued to be a strategic position for the United States and its allies, and a dispute has raged for more than 20 years over the Futenma base in Ginowan city. (Tiffany Tompkins-Condie, Adam Ashton and Natalie Fertig)

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A health inspector's fate: Contamination

Byron Vaigneur's job as a health supervisor at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant in South Carolina was to protect workers from the harmful effects of radiation.  But he could not protect himself – he was exposed to plutonium while sitting at his desk in 1975 and developed cancer as a result.
Gerry Melendez The State
A health inspector's fate: Contamination 0:48

A health inspector's fate: Contamination

A whistleblower's ordeal: Exposed to radiation, then fired 6:16

A whistleblower's ordeal: Exposed to radiation, then fired

Nuclear workers benefits under attack 1:05

Nuclear workers benefits under attack

How many ‘Calutron Girls’ worked at the Oak Ridge nuclear plant? 0:14

How many ‘Calutron Girls’ worked at the Oak Ridge nuclear plant?