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The proposed Divine Strake GZ (ground-zero) was eight miles west of Yucca Flat, where six particular above-ground tests were associated with fallout that uniquely traveled in a westward direction, over the Divine Strake GZ.  

Those tests were named Smoky, Turk, Shasta, Kepler, Galileo and Coulomb B.    

The government's draft Revised Environmental Assessment didn't mention these tests, nor did it attempt to reconstruct the fallout from those tests.  Are we to believe that those radioactive clouds didn't exist?

They did exist.  Here is the evidence that the Divine Strake GZ is contaminated:



Interactive map:  Click on the test name on the map to view the corresponding radioactive cloud tracking map/close-in contour map


Shot Smoky was detonated on August 31, 1957, in an area of north Yucca Flat that is ringed to the north and west by mesas.  Smoky’s total yield was 44 kilotons.  “The elevation at ground zero was about 1,400 m, and the elevation of the mesas reaches about 2,300 m. The detonation occurred about one-half hour before sunrise. …However, as the sun rose, it is plausible that warming of the east- and south-facing slopes of the mesas caused an updraft and, therefore, a northwestly wind at low elevations in the area of the maneuvers…” (Source: National Academies Press, A Review of the Dose Reconstruction Program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (2003), page 356).

Shot Turk was detonated on March 7, 1957 with a total yield of 43 kilotons.  The Dept. of Defense document DNA6010F titled 'Shots Wasp to Hornet: The First Five Teapot Tests' states that at the time of detonation the surface winds were from the north at 10,000 feet, the northeast at 20,000 feet, the south-southeast at 30,000 feet, and from the west at 45,000 feet. "The main portion of the TURK cloud and subsequent fallout drifted west and north." (p.102)  Page 125 of the document states: "Cloud-tracking at Shot TURK was more complicated than at previous shots.  Upon detonation at 0520 hours on 7 March 1955, the TURK nuclear cloud separated into an uneven mass, forcing the three cloud-trackers to fly different courses...A B-29 from Kirtland AFB followed another portion of the cloud northwest at an altitude of 20,000 to 23,000 feet MSL until it reached Tonopah, Nevada."

Shot Shasta was detonated on August 18, 1957 with a total yield of 17 kilotons.  The Dept. of Defense document DNA 6006F titled 'Shots Diablo to Franklin Prime: The Mid-Series Tests of the Plumbbob Series' states that at the time of detonation the surface winds were from the southwest at 10,000 feet, the southeast at 20,000 feet, and the west at 30,000 feet.  "The SHASTA cloud top rose to 32,000 feet and moved east, while the middle section moved northwest, and the lower section drifted northeast from the point of detonation." (DNA 6006F; pages 121-122) 

Shot Kepler was detonated on July 24, 1957 with a total yield of 10 kilotons.   The AEC press release stated: “The main portion of the cloud rose rapidly to 27,000 feet with the upper layers being blown slowly to the east-northeast and the lower layers being blown west-northwest. The lower portion of the cloud formed a "U" shape and is moving slowly toward the northwest.”  DNA Document 6006F states on page 62: "Variable winds at low levels resulted in a broad onsite fallout pattern, which extended southwesterly to north-westerly from ground-zero."

Shot Galileo was detonated on September 2, 1957 with a total yield of 11 kilotons.  The Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) press release from the date of the detonation described the immediate fallout as follows: “The cloud top rose to above 37,000 feet and, because of near calm winds at most altitudes it appeared to hover motionless for considerable periods...Cloud tracking aircraft reported 40 minutes after the detonation that the total cloud was being divided by the winds into two major sections. The section above 17,000 feet was moving quite slowly toward the southwest, while the section below 17,000 feet was moving even more slowly toward the northwest. Both sections were being dispersed by the action of winds blowing from widely varying directions. If forecast conditions hold, it is probable that both sections will follow clockwise curving paths, and that any significant fallout will be on the Test Site and adjacent portions of the controlled bombing range.”

The cloud from Coulomb B, which was detonated on September 6, 1957 with a total yield of 0.3 kilotons, traveled in a westward direction.  This is clearly shown on the close-in radiation contour map generated by the Defense Nuclear Agency, the predecessor agency to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  (Source: DASA 1251 "Local Fallout from Nuclear Test Detonations.” U.S. Army Nuclear Defense Laboratory, Defense Nuclear Agency p. 185.)  Coulomb B was one of several ‘safety experiments’ that involved the deliberate dispersal of Plutonium-239.