The Award Winning documentary “The Safe Side of the Fence” will be showing at 7 p.m., Oct. 20 at The Reel Deal Movie Theater in Los Alamos.
The film looks at the nation’s nuclear legacy from the Manhattan Project to today’s nuclear industry. World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works took on the job.
As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. This documentary explores the legacy that St. Louis is still coping with, from workers who became ill to the challenges of dealing with the fallout of creating some of the world’s first nuclear waste.
St. Louis is not alone in dealing with these challenges, as the film delves into the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. A program that was set up to compensate nuclear weapons workers who became ill from their work and has paid out over $12 Billion to workers and their family members across the country.
With the EEOICPA paying out $1.7 Billion in compensation to New Mexico alone, and the historical significance of Los Alamos, it’s a film that you won’t want to miss.