Atomic Test Case

For radiation victims, justice a generation later

The nuclear bombs began exploding in the Nevada desert in 1951, when Sheldon Nisson was five. "They used to tell us to get up and watch the blasts," recalls his mother Helen, who still lives in Washington, Utah, some 125 miles downwind from the test site. "We saw the clouds go over all the time. Our children played outside. All the while, the Government kept saying that it wouldn't hurt us." But when the last of 102 mushroom clouds rose above the desert in 1962, Sheldon Nisson was dead from leukemia. His cancer, along with...

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