The government is silent about radiation in Las Vegas’ water

What the government doesn’t want you to know about Las Vegas tap water.

A gigantic underground storage area contains enough water to solve all the drought issues throughout the desert southwest.  The aquifer lies beneath 243,000 square miles of Nevada desert–39% more than the surface area covered by the Great Lakes.  With an abundance of water available in the aquifer the question must be asked…why isn’t the Las Vegas Valley area being supplied with water out of the aquifer?  The answer is…because this water flows beneath the test site and it becomes radioactive.  Why aren’t Las Vegas residents being told about the cancer-causing dangers in our tap water?

Water quality tests by the United States Geological Survey don’t test for radioactive cancer-causing elements.

The US Geological Survey runs tests on the water quality of the aquifer.  Water was tested in 133 wells, the location of which is not identified in the report.  There are no references to radioactivity—testing is only for fertilizers, pesticides, and nitrates.  Why wouldn’t the USGS also conduct tests for radioactivity in wells below the test site?   Why aren’t government agencies charged with protecting American citizens from diseases more horrific than bubonic plague silent about dangerous conditions in Las Vegas tap water?

Litigation against the government for Utah and Nevada residents due to radiation continues.

“Relatively few Iron County residents were aware of or concerned about nuclear testing when the first mushroom-shaped cloud rose into the western skies and drifted to the northeast in 1951, but the cloud figuratively remains over southern Utah and Nevada to this day. Residents live with every day what the cloud left behind that the eye could not see. There are no southwestern Utah and Nevada neighborhoods or communities that have not been touched by the tragedy of cancer, birth defects or lingering bitterness over human and financial losses.

Atomic Energy Commission press releases promised that atomic tests would be conducted “with adequate assurances of safety.” Residents of southern Nevada and southern Utah who lived downwind of the tests initially believed what they were told; as one historian wrote, “Their faith and trust in their government would not allow them to even consider the possibility that the government would ever endanger their health.” However, their experiences during and since the 1950s have convinced them of just the opposite–there was no safety for either people or livestock from atmospheric nuclear testing and the AEC knew it. Declassified transcripts released from 1978 to 1980 show that scientists knew as early as 1947 that fission products released by atomic bomb tests could be deadly to humans and animals exposed during and after the tests. The AEC chose to ignore warnings from its own scientists and outside medical researchers and continued with a “nothing-must-stop-the-tests” rationale.” History of Utah.

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