Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cold War Casualties.(Editorial Page)


A new kind of conflict, the Cold War produced a new kind of casualty. The front lines of the arms race was in the uranium mines, mills and weapons production plants.

According to workers, production had a much higher priority than protection from radiation or exposure to other hazardous materials. A compensation plan added on to the Senate's defense authorization and pushed through a House-Senate conference committee by Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., acknowledges the casualties and the duty to help.

"It seemed for a time that turf wars and partisan politics were going to win the day, but ... the workers who dedicated their lives to our national security have prevailed," Bingaman said. …

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