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The US government reaches settlement with victim and their families for damage done by radiation experiments

November 20, 1996
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Segment Summary:
Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary announced today that the US Government has reached a 4.8 million dollar settlement with 12 victims of plutonium testing. 11 of the 12 victims were tested without their knowledge, a fact confirmed by Secretary O’Leary in her speech, which went on the denounce any future action of this kind. Amy Goodman follows with an interview with Ellmarine Whitman Bell, daughter of Elmer Allen, a man who was secretly injected with plutonium in 1946 during a stay at the University of California/San Francisco hospital to treat his leg. Goodman and Whitman Bell discuss the Whitman Bell family’s decision not to participate in the settlement offered by the US Government. Arjun Makajani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and author of "Plutonium: Deadly Gold of the Nuclear Age", joins the interview in progress to acknowledge that Secretary O’Leary’s admission of responsibility is in fact progress, and relates the story of how he, Ms. Whitman Bell and others visited Japan to meet with victims of the Hiroshima bombing attacks to share stories about their experiences.

Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment):
Elmer Allen; Arjun Makajani; Plutonium; Radiation experiments; Radiation testing; Plutonium experiments; Plutonium testing

Guest Names: Ellmarine Whitman Bell, Arjun Makajani


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