Environment: Round 2 at Amchitka

Environmentalists predicted earthquakes or other disasters when the Atomic Energy Commission exploded a one-megaton nuclear device on Alaska's Amchitka Island in 1969. In fact, the feared mishap did not occur. Now the AEC is back for another round, and so are the environmentalists.

Last week a group called the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and co-chaired by Nuclear Physicist John Gofman, former U.S. Senator Charles Goodell and New York Poet Leonore Marshall, brought suit in Washington's U.S. district court against the AEC. The suit noted that the underground tests, to be detonated on Amchitka in October, will be...

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