Daniel Miles Releases 'Radioactive Clouds of Death Over Utah: Downwinders' Fallout Cancer Epidemic Updated'
Between 1950 and 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission detonated over 100 atomic bombs at its Nevada testing site. The toxic clouds flew over St. George, Utah, giving it the infamous nickname, Fallout City USA. The lasting effects of those clouds, however, are still being felt today. In his updated book, "Radioactive Clouds of Death Over Utah: Downwinders' Fallout Cancer Epidemic Updated" (published by Trafford Publishing), author Daniel W. Miles follows up on the short and long-term health conditions of downwinders - those living below the toxic clouds -and unveils the harm still being done to these people.
"The book deals with the evidence of a cancer epidemic in southwestern Utah -an epidemic known as the Utah Nuclear tragedy," says Miles.
Miles himself grew up under the toxic cloud. When a class-action lawsuit was filed against the United States in 1979, local people came forward to be interviewed. Miles began researching newspaper articles and obituaries as more and more people lost their lives to cancer. The investigation led him to test sites and through countless pages of scientific study. The result became his 2012 book, which is now being updated.
An excerpt from "Radioactive Clouds of Death Over Utah":
"In the fall of 1979, Stewart Udall, along with a team of lawyers, came to St. George to announce plans for a class-action lawsuit against the United States because the local people were struggling with tragedies inflicted by a cancer epidemic foisted on them by the Atomic Energy Commission. After interviewing 125 people during a four-day period, the Washington lawyer said that cancer rates in the area were three or four times greater than normal."