My old Random House boss gave me an advance copy of Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen, and said, “This is right up your alley.” I thought "Great, porn!" While no Fifty Shades of Grey, Iversen had me hooked by page three. I’m not making that up; I just double-checked: page three. “Full body burden,” by the way, refers to the amount of radioactivity which can be safely tolerated by a human body through its lifetime, and that comes up several times in the first fifty pages.
|The Rocky Flats facility in Colorado.|
|Plutonium trigger. Don't lick it.|
|Leaky drum of radioactive waste.|
Don't lick it.
- In the forty years that the plant was operating they produced 70,000 triggers for nuclear weapons.
- Leaking barrels were found out in the open at Rocky Flats. Yep, rusted out, leaking barrels which sat there for over a decade. And yes, it also contaminated the water supply.
- Missing plutonium. [Ooh! Treasure hunt time!]
|The effects of radiation on humans.|