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New Mexico – Some local residents are unhappy with the impending opening of the rel=’nofollow’ href=”http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/trinity-test-site-opening-face-protest-residents-30052427″ target=”_blank” alt=”Trinity Test site”>Trinity Test site to tourists, and may protest the event. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), seventy years after the blast of the world’s first atomic bomb, federal officials plan to open the historic site for visitors, commemorating the 70th anniversary.
Residents are now seeking compensation and acknowledgement of the problems suffered by many families since the nuclear explosion. Many are stated to have experienced health complications such as the development of rare forms of cancer while living in the area since the explosion.
Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders, is quoted as stating of the issue, “The history of the bomb is always told through the eyes of scientists and industry… We’ve been left out of the narrative.”
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, exposure rates near the Trinity Site were massively higher than what is allowed.
The atomic bomb was successfully exploded by Los Alamos scientists at the Trinity site in 1945. An estimated 19,000 people lived in the remote area of southern New Mexico at the time.
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