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One Planet: The Legacy Of US Nuclear Weapons Testing In The Marshall Islands

Los Angeles Times
In the Runit Dome, the U.S. entombed radioactive waste from nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

  On today's One Planet, we'll rebroadcast our conversation with Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Susanne Rust about the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the Marshall Islands, where a concrete dome holds more than three million cubic feet of radioactive waste left over from the United States’ nuclear tests.

We'll also discuss the legacy of the US nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands. Between 1946 and 1958, the US detonated 67 nuclear bombs on, in, and above the Marshall Islands.


Susanne Rust, investigative reporter specializing in environmental issues for the Los Angeles Times

Web Resources:

LA Times: How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

LA Times: High radiation levels found in giant clams near U.S. nuclear dump in Marshall Islands

LA Times: U.S. won’t clean up Marshall Islands nuclear waste dome but wants it free of anti-U.S. graffiti


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.