The Dome: America’s Cold War Legacy



The Dome: The Pacific paradise of Enewtak Atoll harbours a devastating secret – the toxic legacy of nuclear testing. Following a careless cleanup operation the Dome on Runit island continues to poison the life surrounding it.

Mark Willacy reports for ABC Foreign Correspondent

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Between 1946-1958, the US military tested 43 nuclear bombs in the Pacific. Known as “The Tomb” by the local Enewetak community, a 46cm thick concrete dome seals 80,000 cubic metres of waste within a crater on the deserted Runit Island. The porous coral islands cannot contain this poisonous waste. “If it kills our reef, it kills our fish, kills our food…so there’s really nothing for us.” Alson Kelen, an Enewtak leader. Jim Androll is one of 4,000 cleanup veterans suffering with health issues resulting from exposure to plutonium and other carcinogens. “I didn’t know it was radioactive. They didn’t tell us ‘til we landed… I was told I was going to visit a tropical paradise.” Unrecognised as “atomic veterans”, these soldiers fail to qualify for health insurance as the US government refuses to shoulder accountability. Kathy Jetnil-Kijner is a Marshallese activist, fighting for justice and recognition from the global community. “We’re disposable, our lives don’t matter, the war matters, nuclear bombs matter”.

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49 thoughts on “The Dome: America’s Cold War Legacy

  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    “The wind failed to follow the predictions.” That’s rich.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    So many dumb comments here just screeching "AMERICA BAD"

    Think about why this had to be done.
    Do you really think the Marshal Islanders would have preferred Japanese, and then Soviet Occupation?

    If the US didn't build and test the Nuke, WW2 would have continued for years, leading to countless more deaths. They should be thankful that they were evacuated, rather than just nuked as a target, because that was an option and no one would have ever known these people existed.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    The "What to do with nuclear waste?" problem has been kicked down the road again and again, dooming future generations to babysitting that waste for tens of thousands of years.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    How is this any more toxic than the tons of nuclear waste Europe has been dumping in the English Channel? First in barrels and now via a massive pipe. Look it up if you don't believe.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    TURNING THE WORLD INTO A TOXIC CESSPOOL…ONE BAD IDEA AFTER ANOTHER…

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Americunt govt loves spreading freedom. I can't wait for an alien invasion, because they always seem to attack the land of freedom.

    Karma will hit hard. Lel.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    ''The American government wants to turn this great destructive force into something good for mankind'' I'm sure the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki agree…

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Find the people who are preventing help being given to the victims and expose them to so much radiation their skin peels off then coat them in honey and strap them to a hill of red ants. After a few days douse them in gasoline and set them on fire.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Just makes me hate USA even more Fuk I hope china Russia North Korea Vietnam Japan all of Europe wipe USA and bloody fake state of Israel off the face if this earth

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Brilliant film. Those same GIs, back in the 70;s, could just as easy be out on recon in Vietnam. That's what Empires do, fuck everybody, not just those the wish to destroy, but ultimately, their citizens and themselves. Americas end game will not be pretty, and with the Orange Idiot in charge expect the worst, ….. ever!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    they just need some serious protection gear to excavate that shit and sent it back to Washington preferable by USPS

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    i'm so sick of hearing about how bad the united states is. ya' know, fuck you. the government could have left the 60 people there and still tested. then they could see what happens.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    After watching this, how can one not conclude that white men are the planet's cancer?

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I want to play on dome. It would be good for skateboard. The radiation in Bikini never bother me. It good for sex drive, make love muscle big and strong. Me grandpa say radiation is good for you. It good to kill cancer

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I cannot believe how empty the American culture is. No sense, no empathy, nothing. Just a feeling of proudness. Proudness of emptiness.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Trump is destroying the U.S.A. from the inside, Russia won the cold war……. their man is the President.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    America the cancer wound of the world they wanna rule and reign over
    everybody and everything by their sick methods of desttruction and
    destabilization it sickens me to see and hear someone is still oblivious
    to that and supports them

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    America the cancer wound of the world they wanna rule and reign over
    everybody and everything by their sick methods of desttruction and
    destabilization it sickens me to see and hear someone is still oblivious
    to that and supports them

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    America the cancer wound of the world they wanna rule and reign over everybody and everything by their sick methods of desttruction and destabilization it sickens me to see and hear someone is still oblivious to that and supports them

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I wouldn't be surprised if the island that got "accidentally" hit by nuclear fallout was deliberately tested on. Because afterwords the US gained the ability to study the effects of radiation on the population.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Somehow there's smoke coming out of my ears is that normal?

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    She's gonna do the poem again…oh, Christ. Alright, look, I'm gonna make it short and sweet. You're reading this on a YouTube comments thread, where contrarian's the new black, Journeyman Pictures is on the take, and the kid programmed by Professor Ponytail to write "Murica" at every opportunity's already been deployed—so if you're interested in that usual sort of dreck, Merry Christmas, and welcome home for the holidays.🎄

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    These videos are all so leftist. Immigrants are turning the US into a 2nd world and the 3rd world still wants in and to complain. We all just need to have our own lands and to be left alone except for business and commerce. Diversity kills.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Total truth ! I was stationed in HI. from 80-82. I had 2 buddies that we're combat engineers deployed there . They were both informed After their deployment of the damages done . It's so sad . We were Young in our early 20s. It's about time this has been reported. What is going to be done to make amends ? Praying for my Brothers in Arms .God bless.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Why did Jewish scientists create such disgusting warefare, testing it on Europeans, natives and the Japanese.
    And why are people focusing on America as a whole, instead of the source?
    (many Americans are victims of its human testing and clean up)

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I'm friends with a marshallese guy, alot of ppl from the Marshall islands moved to my small town in Eastern Oregon

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Which nation will be next to drop an atomic bomb on another country?. I think America will be attacked by Russia and China. America is guilty, of destroying the lives of the innocent across the globe for decades now. There will come a time soon in this nation, where it is no longer "business as usual."

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I can't wait to see muricans pay for all of the destruction they've caused throughout the world. So sick and tired of that country, and all the human sludge that comes from, and embodies, murica and it's culture of hatred and greed. They're not even animals. Animals help one another, and have capacity for empathy.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Well they can’t blame America for climate change oh wait they just did oh

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    There are no words for how infuriating this is. Disgusting and sorrowful

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Nothing new the rich sacrifice the poor. And if your thinking about joining the military just look how they treated them soldier's. Our government is corrupt

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    People don't get that THIS AFFECTS EVERY ONE OF US NOW! IRRESPECTIVE of cause, the waters are rising & the ULTRA-TOXIC waste, which has obviously already taken a great toll on lives/life in the vicinity, WILL be SPREAD -but not dissipated! RADIOACTIVE WASTE does not 'thin out' EVERY PARTICLE REMAINS JUST AS LETHAL & when it's dumped into the ocean it will travel everywhere – POISONING EVERYTHING/ONE IN IT'S PATH FOR 24,000 YEARS! Those in charge of the USA should be accountable; those poor young men insured & compensated for KNOWINGLY ordered exposure (obviously not disclosed to them) & the natives for being lied to, manipulated into FORCED relocation, & TPTB that KNEW should be prosecuted; WHO GAVE THESE ORDERS? WHO LIED & ENDANGERED OUR TROOPS, THE LOCALS, THE ENVIRONMENT & BY EXTENSION NOW ALL OF US?
    WE worldly people learned NOTHING from this, worse than Chernobyl (at least some effort maybe made there) & now nothing being done about Fukushima. Wait til the troops on those ships getting sick & dying, we don't see/know/care 0 until this radiation reaches US. THIS AFFECTS EVERY ONE OF US NOW! time to wake up, & GET MOVING on ALL OUR GOVERNMENTS to ACT responsibly, take responsibility TAKE ACTION to correct/ educate/ prevent FUTURE devastation.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    All those islanders can be re-located to large cities where they will be given opportunities to work in the rewarding fields of call centers,retail sales,fast-food and so much more that awaits them in a new and modern day improved life.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    We should be ashamed of ourselves we have poisoned everything!!!! We could guard it they just don't want to back in 1800s lighthouse keepers kept watch with all the teck we have today someone could live there! Just like American Indians we uproot native people rape pillaged the land then leave!

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