Introduction

Finally, the health and environmental results of 1971 nuclear test blast at Amchitka Island in Alaska are coming to the surface. Thirty years ago, the best science suggested that a huge nuclear bomb could be detonated beneath Alaska's Amchitka Island without spreading radiation to humans or the environment. The U.S. Department of Energy needs to monitor radiation in the area and publicize the results. Nor, is radiation the only issue with the Amchitka blast. As reported in a December, 2001 San Francisco Chronicle article, scientists fear tectonic forces may be opening up new faults at the Cannikin test site [see David Perlman article, December 23, 2001]. The following February, the State of Alaska requested federal help in looking for radiation leaks from the tests. [see Don Hunter article, Anchorage Daily News, February 27, 2002]. Arctic Circle will keep abreast of this story as it continues to unfold.

Norman Chance, Convenor