The Last Sink: The Human Body as the Ultimate Radioactive Storage Site


In her essay about the residents of Ozersk, a small town that was the home to Russia’s first plutonium plant, Kate Brown argues that the health effects of radioactivity have been too-little acknowledged by governments that prefer to focus instead on measuring “exposures” and isotope measurements in the surrounding environment. And yet human bodies—porous, renewing and transforming—are as much a repository, a dump of manmade waste products, as are rivers, ground water, soils, plants, and animals.