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bikini atoll residents return
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"We can't sav there is ahsn- ahsn- lulelv no rarlijilfnn ffanoei- ffanoei- " says AEC physicist Tommy rac^raw, "Dtu 11 tnere is we can't find it." iLess Radiation Then Denver McCraw was amons a team of experts who toured the blasted atoll last weekend with a group o[ American and foreign newsmen. newsmen. He said his: atomic counter showed only faint signs of radioactivity, radioactivity, "less than in Den ver, U010." Stripped of vegetation and badly scarred by 23 thermonuclear thermonuclear detonations between 1S4G and 19S«, the islands . have sloughed off all visible effects of1 their former devastation. Lush foliage has returned to' ithe meager string of islands, some z.suu miles west oE Ha-I Ha-I Ha-I wau, and its lagoons arc swi ming pool clear and bountiful. The resided scrap metal and' debris that littered the white sand beaches for more than 20 years are gone. A small force of U.S. military and civilian workers workers has been cleaning up (he atoll since mid-February. mid-February. mid-February. The 167 Bikinians who were 'evacuated amid weeping fare wells on March I, 1945, in since grown to 550 and most are eager to return. The displaced Bikinians have been eking out a living on the tiny island of Kill, in the south ern Marshall. Although rirh in rainfall. Kill nas no laaoon or sheltered sea approach', The islanders have been earning about ?20,000 annually annually through the sale of copra and ladies' handbags made of coconut fiber. Planting Starts Tllirtv Bikiniar.s will nrr-ion nrr-ion nrr-ion here hext month lo help plant coconuts, breadfruit and pan-danns, pan-danns, pan-danns, making ready for the re turn ot. tne otners. McCraw, 41, of Germantnwn Md., said considerable testing has been conducted to determine determine the extent of lingering radioactivity. radioactivity. "'JTiere js virtually no radia tion left he said, "and we can find no discernible effect on ei ther plant or animal life." McCraw used an atomic coun ter to sample radioactivity on the island of Airukiraru, across the channel from Enyu in I he atoll's southern complex where 13 nuclear shuts were fired from harass and air drops. It registered slightly below two raicroroentgens. "An average reading on the U.S. mainland," lie said, "would range from 10 to £0 microroent- microroent- gens." McCraw said the reason for the low reading is that Bikini at oll rose from living coral reefs' and has' little naturally, occur ring radioactivity. Hi-s:»:i5|ji.ily Hi-s:»:i5|ji.ily Hi-s:»:i5|ji.ily for restoring' and resettling Bikini ato!l is shared by the Department of lietense, tne Afi.c and the Inte rior Department. Cleanup Started in February The cleanun began Feb. 17 un der the direction of the Defense Atomic Support Agency. nicy .established a tent city on Enyu, second largest island in the atoll, and within a week liad cleared the tangle of scrub vegetation from the island's 4,600-font 4,600-font 4,600-font airstrip, unused for a decade. The first phase of the $3,3 million million restoration project was the removal nf scrap metal and oth- oth- r industrial lunk. Three hundred truckloads of scrap, ail of it rusted or radioactive, radioactive, were dumped into the sea or buried. Salvageable scrap, including more than 100 miles of copper cable which link all of the atoll's. 25 island, will be left for the Bi kinians U> use or sell. When the DASA task force completes its work on Oct. 1, the Bikinians will fall heir to the tent city, the airstrip, a harbor. two barges aiid three landing crasi. Coconut Nursery ueoree Nakanis u. 48-vear-c 48-vear-c 48-vear-c 48-vear-c 48-vear-c d Hawaiian who serves as district director of agriculture for Uic U.S. trust territory, has set up a coconut nusery which cvenfual-j cvenfual-j cvenfual-j l.v will vield 100.000 coconut palms to he replanted on the is-| is-| is-| jiantis ol Bikini and iinyu. under the Japanese adminis tration prior to lff45," says Nak anishi, "(lie Bikinians were producing 30 tons of copra annually. annually. This total should rise to 30 tons a month within the next 10 years." Copra, dried coconut meat. brings $m a ton. The U.S. government plans lo ! build a school house, a comniu- comniu- Inily house and a warehouse for the Bikinians. A refurtmlted chapel already is in use Enyu. Also on the drawinc boards are liO three-bedroom three-bedroom three-bedroom homes the government will build for ihei returning islanders. Bikinian leaders asked lhati they be of cinderblock construe-i construe-i construe-i lion with aluminum roofs. Anderson (Continued on Page 2) said at another point, noting wooaam now lias more lawyers I on his staff than Anderson had during most of his dozen years > attorney general. "Ymi want l/i hirA nil thp lnti>. jyers," Anderson said to Wood-allL Wood-allL Wood-allL adriine: "UnleRS vnn apt tlin legislature to do it, you aren't KoinR to get. it done." "I'm going to get this determined." determined." said Wnndahl. "I'm not going to stop the course ot government while you JT-ake JT-ake the determination," An derson replied. Agree on One Point Tiie governor did aereip. wUh Woodahl that the attorney general general has the right to bring and neienn laws nits. "If vou want to hatirtlp all Ihe cases, that pan he ptrmmrpri " Anderson- Anderson- told Wood ahl. 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