The chilling documentary “Atomic Homefront” is literally a NIMBY story – Not In My Back Yard – in which the residents of Coldwater Creek and Bridgeton, suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri discover the source of an epidemic of cancers and other diseases that has decimated their families.
Beginning in 1942, St. Louis was a processing center for the uranium used in the development of the atomic bomb. The federal government secretly dumped the radioactive refuse from that processing in landfill and lakes in the area, and nature did the rest, leeching the poison into the soil and water.
As if that weren’t bad enough, an underground fire was making its way toward the radioactive junkyard, and no one was doing anything to extinguish it.
“If you’re not screaming mad by the end of ‘Atomic Homefront,’” wrote Elias Savada in Film International, “you obviously believe the system works.”
“Atomic Homefront” premieres on HBO in February.
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