Between 1977 and 1980, the US military cleaned up the Enewetak Islands of nuclear debris created by years of testing done over the islands. The reason for the cleanup effort was, seemingly noble, to prepare the islands to be returned to the Enewetakians who had been displaced to allow the tests to occur. It’s good that the cleanup was ordered, but that does seem to forget the ethics of removing this people from their home in order to blow it up over and over again.
Originally, according to the New York Times, 40 million dollars was to be used for the cleanup and state-of-the-art suits and procedures were to be used to protect the health of the contractors who were to do the work. But congress, in its wisdom, decided that price was too high,ordered that the military do the work, and ordered that costs be cut as much as possible.
Tim Snider was one of the soldiers who cleaned up the island, and the NYT has a nice photo of him being suited up in protective gear. Snider says that that was the
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