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Nevada Woman Takes on Operation Divine Strake

Adrian Arambulo, Reporter Las Vegas

Plans for a massive experimental explosion at the Nevada test site have been delayed. An energy department spokesperson says the earliest that "Operation: Divine Strake" would take place would be June 23.

Some concerned residents, who are worried about potential health hazards, want the explosion cancelled all together.

A woman, who wants to be known as Karen, is on a mission. She's worried about how a planned explosion at the Nevada Test Site might affect her health.

"We're going to breathe it, and I don't want to end up with lung cancer down the road, said the concerned Nevada resident.

Karen is also worried about how the experiment might hurt others, so she walks throughout her neighborhood, talks with neighbors, and hands out flyers warning of what might happen.

"We're going to get dusted," Karen said. "I don't care what they say."

Apparently, she's done her homework as she tells Eyewitness News that a mile and a half away from the Divine Strake planned explosion, there are bunkers where the federal government blew up six nukes.

"There is no way that explosion can interact with those six nuclear tests," said Darwin Morgan, a Nevada Test Site spokesperson. Morgan is with Nevada's Department of Energy. He says those nuclear tests were done deeply underground.

Morgan said, "There is a large amount of dust that'll get thrown into the air, and that's all it is -- dust." He says more than a hundred scientific tests have proven this.

However, Karen questions the DOE and its claims. "How can you say it would be completely unaffected? There's actually nothing in that area that can be completely unaffected. People need to know we are not the test bed. We are not the guinea pigs."


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