Morality in the Military

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Running head: EXPOSING WORKERS TO PLUTONIUM

Exposing Workers to Plutonium

Abstract
In the late 1990’s, a Washington Post investigation had found that thousands of uranium workers were unwittingly exposed to plutonium and other highly radioactive metals were found at a federally owned plant where contamination spread throughout work areas, locker rooms and even cafeterias, a Washington Post investigation has found. The article (washingtonpost.com) states, “workers inhaled plutonium-laced dust brought into the plant for 23 years as part of a flawed government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant”, and “the government and its contractors did not inform any workers about the hazards for decades, even as employees in the 1980s began to notice a string of cancers”. According to the investigation (washington post) shows that contractors buried the facts about the plutonium contamination, which occurred from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Thomas Cochran (the nuclear program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council), said “The situation is as close to a complete lack of health physics as I have observed outside of the former Soviet Union".

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Exposing Workers to Plutonium
With all the discrepancies in the economy today, finding a secure job and be able to retain it is a challenge for some, but in the late 1990’s. According to Warrick J. (a Washington post writer), “Unsuspecting workers inhaled plutonium-laced dust brought into the plant for 23 years as part of a flawed government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant”, according to the article written, not only did the government keep information that eventually caused harm to the employees, but radioactive contaminants from the plant spilled into ditches and eventually seeped into creeks, a state-owned wildlife area and private wells. Warrick, J. states that “A lawsuit filed...
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