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Robert Del Tredici - At Work in the Fields of the Bomb

18. Sampling the Derby

This woman drills holes in new derbies and sends the uranium metal shavings to a lab that measures their radioactivity. The metal gives off alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. At the surface of the derby, the radiation levels are 260 millirem/hr of beta and 10 millirem/hr of gamma. The woman wears a flower in her hair because it is the week before Christmas.

Feed Materials production Center, Fernald, Ohio. December 17, 1985.

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