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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Canadian Government Coverup - Private profit - a culture is born

“That report was squashed.”

The department's own blood studies on Port Radium miners lead it to conclude "that a hazard may exist in the breathing of air containing even small amounts of radon."

Notes Robert Bothwell, a University of Toronto historian and author of Eldorado, a lengthy history of the Crown company:
"The profound and deliberate falsification of nuclear hazards began at the top."

1952 Fire – Conveyor structure destroyed
7 years earlier, about 60  Kilograms of enriched Port Radium U-235 fueled the bomb released over Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945, destroying some 90% of the city, killing 80,000 inhabitants.

When the Canadian government finally sent two physicists to the area in the mid-‘50s to check on radon levels at Port Radium's sister mine on Lake Athabasca -- a mine with much lower grade ore -- they found lots of radon. But according to one retired senior civil servant, that report, like Hueper's concerns, never saw the light of day.

"We printed it in green covers, which means declassified, and sent a copy up to Chalk River. And the next thing I knew we got orders from the assistant deputy minister to collect every copy and get them back to the department because not one was to go out.
That report was squashed.” Source: Nikiforuk

No dosimeters, no smokers, much dust.  50% of these miners and those who followed could expect to die of lung cancer  due to radon exposure within 20 years. Source: Nikiforuk. day.

When Hueper began to issue similar warnings to U.S. uranium miners on the Colorado Plateau in the early ‘50s, "the mine operators and politicians got all excited," says Victor E. Archer, an epidemiologist who started the first cancer studies on U.S. miners in 1954 and is now a professor of occupational medicine in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah.
         
Declassified U.S. documents also show that the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission told Hueper, a world expert on lung cancers, that references to occupational cancers among uranium miners were "not in the public interest" and "represented mere conjecture."        
         
Notes Archer: "The Canadians knew about the same things that the U.S. did and in general tagged along with the Atomic Energy Commission." In fact, Eldorado management and the Canadian government regularly received updates on radon and lung cancer studies on American uranium miners throughout the ‘50s.  

That report was squashed.” Source: Nikiforuk