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Title:
PLUTONIUM TESTS ON PEOPLE ( THE WASHINGTON STAR NEWSPAPER, DTD 02/22/76 )
Subject Terms:
HREX; ETHICS; HEALTH EFFECTS; HUMANS; PLUTONIUM; PLUTONIUM INJECTION EXPERIMENT; PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE; WORLD WAR II
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
NEWS STORY
Publication Date:
1976 Feb 22
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0001
Accession Number:
NV0700062
Originating Research Org.:
WASHINGTON STAR - NEWSPAPER
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 27
Description/Abstract:
THIS ONE-PAGE DOCUMENT IS A PHOTOCOPY OF AN ARTICLE APPEARING IN THE FEBRUARY 22, 1976 EDITION OF THE WASHINGTON STAR ENTITLED, "PLUTONIUM TEST ON PEOPLE." THE BYLINE FOR THE ARTICLE INDICATES THAT IT ORGINATED THE UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL. THE FIRST PART OF THIS ARTICLE IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AS THE ARTICLE FROM THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES IN DOCUMENT #700061. THE ARTICLE ALSO INCLUDED A QUOTE FROM DR. PAT DURBIN SAYING "THESE CASES SERVE TO DEMONSTRATE THE PLUTONIUM DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE MORE CARCINOGENIC THAN EXPECTED AND, AS FAR AS BONE (CANCER) IS CONCERNED, MAY ACTUALLY BE LESS CARCINOGENIC THAN EXPECTED." THE ARTICLE STATES THAT "THE INJECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED BETWEEN 1945 AND 1947 - 17 BY THE ARMY DURING ITS SUPERVISION OF THE NUCLEAR BOMB PROGRAM, AND ONE AFTER THE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION WAS FORMED-TO HELP SET SAFE EXPOSURE LEVELS FOR THOSE DEALING WITH PLUTONIUM IN THE BOMB PROGRAM." IT GOES ON TO SAY "...13 OF THE HUMAN GUINEA PIGS WERE MEN AND FIVE WERE WOMEN, 15 WERE WHITES AND THREE WERE BLACKS, AND MOST WERE MIDDLE-AGE ADULTS." ERDA WAS QUOTED AS SAYING "...THE AMOUNT OF PLUTONIUM INJECTED WAS 2 TO 145 TIMES THE PRESENT MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE DOSE FOR THE HUMAN BODY. NONE WAS A LETHAL DOSE."


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