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The South Pacific => South Pacific News and features => Topic started by: Tavita Tusitala on November 24, 2010, 10:21:22 AM

Title: Enewetak atoll Atomic Blast and cleanup, 1952 to present
Post by: Tavita Tusitala on November 24, 2010, 10:21:22 AM
About the Enewetak atoll
For 8 years, from 1972 until 1980, the United States planned and carried out the radiological cleanup, rehabilitation, and resettlement of Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands as a result of atomic blasts in 1952.

This project represented the fulfillment of along-standing moral commitment to the People of Enewetak. The cleanupitself, executed by the Department of Defense (DOD), was an extensive effort, involving a Joint Task Force staff and numerous Army, Navy, and Air Force units and personnel.

 The combined effort cost about $100 million and required anon-atoll task force numbering almost 1,000 people for 3 years, 1977-1980.
No radiological cleanup operation of this scope and complexity has ever before been attempted by the United States. This documentary records, from the perspective of DOD, the background, decisions, actions, and results of this major national and international effort. Every attempt has been made .to record issues as they developed, and to show the results, good and bad, of specific decisions,oversights, etc. Because this documentary may have considerable importance in the future, and because specific need

Every attempt has been made to record in some detail all major facets of the operation and to reference key documents. Throughout the research, collection, and writing, four major types of potential users have been kept in-mind. The documentary is designed  to provide a historical document which records with accuracy this major event in the history of Enewetak Atoll, the Marshall Islands,the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Micronesia, the Pacific Basin, and the United States.

The Enewetak Atoll cleanup was a bellwether effort and the many lessons shall be learned.

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