In the early 1950's, life was peaceful in the almost exclusively Mormon community in
the small town of St. George, Utah. But then, radiation linked illnesses began to
appear. Families lost mothers and husbands, children died. St. George and its people
were the victims of radioactive dust, drifting over from atmospheric atomic tests,
carried out in the Nevada desert. Only in recent years has the government acknowledged weapons testing as the likely cause of killing or sickening civilians downwind. The Justice Department started a compensation program that requires victims to prove they have a qualifying type of cancer and that they were residents of counties in southern Utah, Nevada, or Arizona. Many victims have been compensated, but the money has run out and an estimated $70 million worth of claims are still unfulfilled. Producer Wayne Brittenden of the British Broadcasting Corporation, talked to the 'downwinders' and reports on the official cover-up by the U.S. government and the Mormon church.
|The Dragon that Slew St. George|
The Dragon that Slew St. George was produced by Wayne Brittenden for the British
Broadcasting Corporation. This program originally aired as part of the international documentary
exchange series "Crossing Boundaries."
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