The Manhattan Project was the military program that developed the atomic bomb. This project was considered by most people to be a conspiracy theory for years until the bombs eventually dropped. Whole towns were built to test the first nuclear weapons. All of the residents were sworn to secrecy and spread out between one of the 30 testing sites across North America and the UK. The Manhattan project started out as a small testing operation in 1939, but in the few years it was in operation, it grew to employ over 130,000 people, all under strict secrecy.
Although the program is over it has left a nasty mess behind at the various test sites, as well as sites that were used to harvest and process uranium. it was admitted by The US Army Corps of Engineers last month that residential areas of St. Louis County in Missouri have been contaminated with radiation from the Manhattan Project.
When the Manhattan Project experiments were being carried out, the only uranium plant in the country was located in St. Louis, and the activities there ended up contaminating Coldwater Creek. Over the years, residents that lived along the creek discovered that they were more prone to cancer because of where they lived. After enough families began to complain, tests were done on the area and large doses of radiation were detected all along the creek.
“We did personally notify those property owners of the contamination, and we’re initiating the remedial documents so that we can get out there and do the remediation in the near future, but we do want to complete what we’re doing here at St. Cin Park first,” Mike Petersen of the Army Corps said.
Despite these findings, local state, and federal government agencies continue to insist that the levels are not dangerous for humans.
“There’s no increased risk to the public while we remediate. We have air monitoring, water monitoring, we’re making sure that as we do this work, it’s safe to the public and doesn’t create any additional risk,” Petersen said.
It is likely that other areas throughout the county are contaminated, and since many of these programs were top secret, it is hard to know where all of them would even be.