The Dec. 13 article “Irradiated” was so off the charts in anti-nuclear bias that I am baffled to understand what the underlying motive might be. To use the payouts of an overly cautious, some might say litigiously paranoiac, government program as hard evidence that the cold war nuclear complex was dangerous to the legions of workers who made their living from it is specious at best.
You say at least 33,480 former nuclear workers who received compensation are dead, but you don’t bother to explain what they died from or how old they were at death. I am guessing that most were due to old age.
I am a native South Carolinian with a doctorate in chemistry who went to work in 1952 for DuPont, then the contractor at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken. With the influx of good jobs and talented people, the Savannah River Plant transformed Aiken into an economic center, and Aiken and South Carolina owe much to the nuclear industry.
The State should have better things to do than act as a shill for opportunistic lawyers.
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Edward L. Albenesius