In an article titled “Campaigner warns against uranium mining” on the Australian ABC news site we get to see the United States - for once - represented in a positive way! Way to go, Kevin Kamps and all the rest of the awesome, hard-working folks at Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)! Let it never again be said that nothing worthwhile ever happens within the shadow of the internationally infamous “District of Crime”.
Uranium mining has been a deadly-yet-lucrative industry that has benefited both US corporations and government. In all certainty, if it were not for US Uranium mining? The nuclear power industry and the use of Uranium weapons, considered illegal under international law, would be far less financially “attractive” than is currently the case.
In the Australian ABC news article, regarding Uranium, Kamps, representative for NIRS, states, "It's having some of the greatest public health and environmental impacts because of the carelessness with which it's disposed of.” He also goes on to mention that “it's just dumped on the surface and it blows with the wind and it flows with the water and that is unfortunately the state of practice with uranium mining." Kamps is further credited with adding that the traditional inhabitants are often targeted in the search for storage sites for nuclear waste.
Even the EPA admits that it doesn’t have a clue just how much radioactive garbage has been dumped inside the United States! “There is no exact total of these wastes.” On their website they go on to say, “However we do have estimates based on U.S. Geological Survey data. The U.S. G.S. estimated for EPA that the total amount of waste rock generated by the approximately 4,000 open pit and underground mines in their data files to be about three billion metric tons… Given the larger number of mine locations identified by EPA, the amount of waste rock is likely to be higher.
Three billion metric tons of radioactive waste, you say? I know just the place, as a matter of fact, where they can dump it, too. No, scratch that. There are 7 million other people living here around Washington, DC who have certainly done nothing to merit the radiological fallout of such a red-hot, scorching, “Capital” punishment treatment.
Also according to the EPA, there are approximately 15,000 Uranium mines inside the United States. Good Lord – 15,000 mines! On average, that averages out to roughly 300 mining sites per each state, if all states did an equal share of Uranium mining (which, of course, they do not). That sure adds up to a whole lot of mighty sick, radioactively-poisoned Americans, wildlife, cattle (consider that fast-food burger lunch), and permanently contaminated soil, water, and vegetation!
Years back, do you remember reading about the high rates of cancers and diabetes in indigenous populations living in the US Southwest? Do you recall how the articles usually discussed the poor "lifestyle choices" of these modern-day Native Americans? We were told that indigenous peoples on these reservations were thusly diseased due to factors such as sedentary lifestyle, increased alcohol consumption, and a more processed “Americanized” diet.
Once again, many of us have since come to realize that the controlled US media was merely performing its customary function of manufacturing propaganda spin and lies. As I recall, the mainstream news articles that discussed the marked increase in diseased indigenous Americans did not typically mention the “dirty” business of Uranium mining and military munitions dropping, live-fire “testing”, exploding, and burning around native tribal lands.
Poor "lifestyle choices", in all likelihood, never was the actual primary factor responsible for causing the disastrous health statistics seen in the past 60 years in our original American populations.
More to the point, their native lands have been permanently contaminated by mining and so-called military "testing" of these Uranium weapons – quite literally right in their very backyards!
We have indeed "wasted" unfathomable numbers of Native Americans’ lives in states such as NM, CO, WY, NV, UT and AZ. This is undoubtedly a pill, in years to come, that Americans eventually must learn to swallow. One could even say this knowledge comes with a bitter, heavy-metal aftertaste – that lasts, quite literally, forever.
The first settlers who came to America historically tried to tame our Native inhabitants, who they apparently considered the “savage beast”. The United States government has been since accused of abusing who they used to call “the Bad Man” in “a system of heinous abuse and genocide perpetrated upon Native Americans by the United States which lasted until the late twentieth century.” With this issue of Uranium mining and widespread military “testing” in ancestral Native Americans’ lands, however, it could indeed be argued that genocide by Uranium poisoning of our indigenous peoples continues to this very day.
Sadly, as anyone who studies radiation knows, what is deceitfully spun in the US media as “weakly” or “mildly radioactive” Uranium has the unmistakable effect of creating irreparable havoc and devastation upon human cells. Research has shown that inhalation and ingestion of microscopic Uranium particles cause cell mutation which affects genetic material.
So, in effect, it is not merely the current generation of indigenous Americans whose health is destroyed, but rather, all future generations of offspring.This is a horrible reality Americans of conscience (the non-psychopaths among us) have to face. While Americans have been busily working by day and enjoying mindless pop-culture distracting amusements by night, we actually have, in effect, slept through this entire life-destroying radiological and “nuclear age”. As a result, the genetic future health of America has been permanently, irrevocably altered.
Hopefully, Australia will not follow in America’s disgraceful footsteps and “waste” their own native inhabitants as our own government has done. May we all take up the task of both domestic and international Uranium radiation education - and help Australia and other nations learn from America’s mistakes - before it is too late!