We're now developing a documentary on nuclear workers who have become poisoned by heavy metals, radiation and other contaminants and who are also struggling for adequate medical help and compensation for their illnesses for those who are yet alive but sick, and for acknowledgement that those who have died did so as a result of limited or no recognition that their illnesses were caused by exposure to contaminants, flawed human safety procedures and limited care.
Above is a 14-minute video of an interview with sick worker Vina Colley, who was an employee at the Portsmouth/Piketon Ohio uranium enrichment and gaseous diffusion plant, now operated by United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). Colley details her illnesses, workplace problems, her employment and her efforts to obtain medical help and monetary compensation. She is president of PRESS, the Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environmental Safety and Security, and co-founder of National Nuclear Workers for Justice.
More details and interviews will follow as we grow to understand more deeply the workers concerns and the details of their exposure, its causes, and the flaws that led to such exposure.
Some of the things we understand right now to be pertinent are these:
* People in power who produce within the nuclear fuel chain count costs more than people and thus people become contaminated in deadly ways -- then the contaminated people are finessed or lied to, and suffer in sickness and death as do those they are intimately associated with.
* People who should be holding the producers accountable in the public interest don't, or won't, or don't know how to, or try but run into obstacles and are discredited or don't have the resources to.
* People who are sick, dying, and their survivors, have extreme difficulty in finding out how they got that way, then when they do, in finding remedies that will help them, in whatever arena and labyrinth.
* People who struggle against this betrayal ... they each and all have a story that ought to be heard and taken to heart.
* In particular, one of the supposed remedies, the EEOICPA (Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act), is flawed, and for many represents just another betrayal.
This is basically a focus with a specific issue that impacts those seeking remedies for their illnesses, their lives, the lives of their intimates, and justice against the injustice they suffered; it also identifies the interests who produce and regulate the contaminants and are responsible for the labyrinths constructed to finesse and deny help and even credibility to those who've been afflicted, and to divide them as they organize.
Wild Clearing's work is produced by Eileen and Wes Rehberg;
Wes is doing the filming at the moment ... Eileen the art work ... Visit Wild Clearing at http://www.wildclearing.com ...