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Local author blames radioactive fallout for local cancer cases
ALBANY -- Thursday marked 60 years since the United States government conducted a nuclear test in the desert of Nevada. Years later, the radioactive fallout from that test was blamed for a high incidence of thyroid cancer here in the Capital Region. Now, the author of a new book claims that it caused dozens of people to contract a very rare form of cancer.
Local author Bill Heller has invested more than 18 years tracking down leads in a strange storm that he said rained down radioactivity on the Capital Region. In his new book Stolen Lives, Heller is connecting an unusually high incidence of Hodgkins Lymphona in this area to a nuclear test called Code Name: Simon, which sent a 30,000 foot mushroom cloud into the air. Thanks to the jet stream and a vicious thunderstorm, massive amounts of radioactivity were thrown over this area.
Heller said it is no coincidence that dozens of people alive at that time became victims of the rare disease.