Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Base Cleans Nuke Sites.(Final)

Byline: Miguel Navrot Journal Staff Writer

Outdoor Classrooms Not Used Frequently

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE For three decades during the Cold War, the U.S. military relied on radiation-infused New Mexico soil to teach its own how to deal with nuclear accidents.

Trainees at Kirtland Air Force Base, wearing protective suits and carrying Geiger counters, poked around eight fields tilled with Brazilian thorium ore, a source of low-level radiation.

Today, Kirtland is cleaning half of its outdoor classrooms. The fields, according to the base, "pose an elevated risk to human health and the environment." Moreover, they aren't being used as much as they were during the Cold War. …

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