(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Dr. Thelma Byrne, former head of safety at the Sorek nuclear research center,
said Wednesday that the amount of nuclear radiation workers were exposed to was
significantly more than today’s legal limit.
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“Dimona workers were exposed
to more radiation in a day than the safe limit for a year,” she said in her
witness testimony Thursday.
Nuclear workers are engaged in a long
compensation battle against the state after being exposed to what they claim
were unsafe levels of radiation while working in Dimona and Nahal Sorek. Of the
44 workers that filed the suit in the mid- ’90s, nearly half have died of
Byrne said, “We were constantly being contaminated, and they
didn’t tell us what we were being exposed to. There was no such thing as nuclear
core safety. Safety concerns were insignificant.” She also claimed that
witnesses were being harassed by government officials.
first testimony approximately two months ago, Byrne claimed that a government
official “called me, accused me of violating censorship laws, and threatened to
take me to court. I don’t think this should have made it to court,” she said,
“this should have been solved in a settlement deal, a compromise for the ’60s,
’70s, and ’80s generations that worked