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Another Viewpoint - Divine Strake

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A recent KSL editorial lauded the cancellation of Divine Strake, that massive bomb test planned for the Nevada desert. And we suggested the government could generate some good PR by letting the project's demise become a catalyst for expanding the government's RECA program, which compensates cancer victims who lived downwind from the nuclear tests of the 50's and 60's.

Blaine N. Howard, a Health Physicist took issue with our editorial.

"Scientists that I know laugh at the ridiculous furor that Utah politicians and media raised over Divine Strake," wrote Mr. Howard.

He cited several studies to support his contention that "There is no statistical evidence of excess cancer in Southwestern Utah" because of nuclear testing a half century ago.

"The only excuse for thinking there were fallout caused cancer deaths in Utah is a theoretical calculation using a false theory."

"I don't believe it right to compensate people simply because they had loved ones die from cancer. That is just a government dole. We can't compensate all cancer victims so why compensate any. Certainly, don't expand a program (RECA) which was not justified from the beginning."

Mr. Howard's complete reply, along with documentation for his various claims can be found by following the link to the right.

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