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    KayCeSF, flitedocnm

    So pleased to see this happening!  One can't have spent years in New Mexico without understanding the nuclear connections -- one of which goes unmentioned in this post.  Tony Hillerman addressed it.  Many Diné (Navajo) worked in the uranium mines of the Colorado plateau in the post-WWII years and suffered high cancer rates as a result, keeping the IHS hospital in Albuquerque busy.  Most of that generation is gone, but not all, since almost no care was taken with mine tailings.  And then there's that incessant high desert wind moving things around....

    As to New Mexico's being "hot", I used to bring a Geiger counter into my underground college classroom and show my students just how radioactive the concrete-block walls were.  That and the natural arsenic in the Albuquerque aquifer worried some, but on the whole my own life in The Land of Enchantment was made ~0.01% less fantastic.

    With Warren, Udall, Merkeley, et al., and the retirement of Max (Show me to K Street!) Baucus, could it be we're seeing the birth of a new cadre of true public servants in the Senate?

    (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

    by argomd on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:22:23 AM PDT

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