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Full Body Burden Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky FlatsH accidents were always called incidentsAnd as this memoir unfolds it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism a detailed and shocking account of the government's sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats and of local residents' vain attempts to seek justice in court Here too are vivid portraits of former Rocky Flats workers from the healthy who regard their work at the plant with pride and patriotism to the ill or dying who battle for compensation for cancers they got on the jobBased on extensive interviews FBI and EPA documents and class action testimony this taut beautifully written book promises to have a very long half life After conducting meticulous and solid research Kristen Iversen has compiled an outstanding elouent haunting and shocking work that should be read by each and every one of us Iversen’s powerful narrative interweaves the story of her family life with the story of the establishment and operation of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver Colorado Kristen’s family home bordered the property on which the Rocky Flats facility was built She exposes the secret of her father’s alcoholism and its effect on her family while also exposing the government’s deliberate deception and betrayal of the general population regarding the processing of lethal material and the resulting catastrophic accidents at Rocky Flats It’s a powerful and cautionary tale about life in the nuclear age Although production at Rocky Flats has ceased the aftereffects of the operations conducted at the site will have devastating and lingering conseuences for the residents of the Denver metropolitan area for generations to come I would highly recommend reading this book—it’s not an easy read It is heartbreaking But it is a warning about the willingness of the government to conceal from its citizens the truth about radioactive contamination in exchange for building and maintaining a nuclear arsenal Martin Luther King once stated “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” In Full Body Burden Kristen Iversen breaks the silence Bravo Kristen bravo

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kindle ñ Full Body Burden Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats Ø Hardcover read é randarenewables ✓ Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman Kristen Iversen growing up in a small Colorado town close tFull Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman Kristen Iversen growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated the most contaminated site in America It's the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and unknown to those who lived there tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutoniumIt's also a book about the destructive power of secrets both family and government Her father's hidden liuor bottles the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood the truth about what was made at Rocky Flats cleaning supplies her mother guessed best not to i Hmmm so all the other reviews are singing this book's praises but I thought it was lacking The book features two inter connecting stories a rather typical coming of age story and the terrible history of contamination by a facility making plutonium buttons for nuclear weapons The coming of age story is well written but something you've read a hundred times before title character feels isolated different; her father is an alcoholic and her mother suffers from regret and depression The pieces about the toxic contamination is told like a series of facts without any narrative momentum it was like reading transcripts most of the time

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Nuire too deeply into any of itBut as Iversen grew older she began to ask uestions She learned about the infamous 1969 Mother's Day fire in which a few scraps of plutonium spontaneously ignited and despite the desperate efforts of firefighters came perilously close to a criticality the deadly blue flash that signals a nuclear chain reaction Intense heat and radiation almost melted the roof which nearly resulted in an explosion that would have had devastating conseuences for the entire Denver metro area Yet the only mention of the fire was on page 28 of the Rocky Mountain News underneath a photo of the Pet of the Week In her early thirties Iversen even worked at Rocky Flats for a time typing up memos in whic Excellent read illustrates how self interest above average pay for the workers and production uota bonuses for the managing corporation employee fear of being fired management’s fear of being found out led to the regional population surrounding this nuclear facility never asking hard uestions even as the cancers in adults and children mounted to abnormal levels and as scientists who reported their findings of abnormally high plutonium readings were fired Anyone who spoke out against the plant was shunned and also put at great physical risk The FBI raided the facility in the 90's and it has been shut down though the government continues to downplay the issue just as it did long before the evidence became so overwhelming that one government agency raided another the FBI versus the Department of EnergyReminds me of the advancement of the Nazi party where power fear and greed rendered a society largely impotent to stop the party's ultimate destruction of that society