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|09/06/00- Updated 03:11 PM
In the 1940s and '50s, the U.S. government secretly hired scores of private companies to process huge volumes of nuclear weapons material. But the companies were not prepared for the hazards of handling nuclear material. Workers were not informed of the risks. Thousands were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Government reports were classified and buried. The result is a legacy of poisoned workers and communities that lingers to this day. The full story of the secret nuclear contracting has never been told, until now.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Lewis Malcolm,
former employee of a nuclear weapons contractor in Lockport, N.Y. Malcolm
died of kidney failure in June. (Robert Deutsch, USA
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