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The US government tested nuclear weapons on a chain of islands in the 1950s: A new project will allow locals to take their own samples

“Marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler is on a quest to provide fresh answers about how much radiation remains on the [Marshall] islands.

“What we want to scientifically understand is, how is [radioactivity] going up or down over time, over the years and decades?” Buesseler said.

He’s setting out this November to teach a duo of Marshalese citizen scientists how to test for the presence of two key radioactive rare earth elements, by collecting sea water from a single nuclear waste site.”

Read the full INSIDER article about the bomb testing, subsequent clean up and ongoing research: