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† National lab helps Marshall Islandsí resettlement efforts

 

Narrator:    This is Science Today. Residents of the various atolls that make up the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean are engaged in resettlement efforts after nuclear testing in the area in the 1950s. Terry Hamilton, the Marshall Islands program director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, visits the islands three or four times a year to oversee soil cleanup methods.

Hamilton:    One of the recommendations that Lawrence Livermore has provided is specifically to the Rongelap Atoll population group in that they are actively considering resettlement. And they're employing what we term the combined option, which involves limited soil removal around the housing and village area and then addition of potassium fertilizer to the agricultural areas where they grow coconuts and pandanas and bread fruit. So, it is an active, serious resettlement effort.

Narrator:    For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.