Living Happily Near A Nuclear Trash Heap

The frogs and trees are radioactive, you can't catch the fish or wade in the streams, and a doctor warns of cancer risks, but that doesn't ruffle the people of Oak Ridge

DR. WILLIAM REID WAS NEW TO Oak Ridge, Tenn., and disturbed by what he was seeing. Soon after he joined the staff of Methodist Medical Center in early 1991, he was treating four patients with kidney cancers, an unusually large number for one small area, and a cluster of other people who appeared to have weakened ability to ward off infections. Reid suspected that something in the local environment was attacking the residents' immune systems.

It didn't take much imagination for Reid to figure out possible sources of contamination. For 49 years, federal installations at Oak Ridge have manufactured the innards...

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