A federal agency investigating the link between veterans cancer and a leaking nuclear reactor found years of key records documenting exposure have been lost.
CLEVELAND - An Exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation into cancer claims uncovered a rare silent film of the flawed nuclear reactor that's now at the center of a U.S. Defense Department probe.
The film was produced for the U.S. Navy by the Martin Company, a U.S. engineering firm that built the plant at McMurdo Station, Antarctica in 1962. The copyright is held by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Our investigation into the plant and claims by Navy veterans that it may have caused their cancer led us to the library of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, where the film has been stored for decades.
A library reference desribes the film as the story of the first atomic power station in Antarctica that supplied electric power and heating for the isolated station.
The plant, known as PM-3A was designed, fabricated and tested in 14 months. It depicts the building and testing of the reactor and site preparation in Antarctica.
Federal hearings prompted by an exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation into radiation exposure among McMurdo Navy veterans are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.