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  • The Low-Use Segment

    Idaho's downwinders got their hearing. But are their voices being heard?
      On November 6, hundreds of spectators gathered in Taco Bell Arena to hear firsthand accounts of one of the darkest chapters of Idaho history. They heard how qualities that have defined our state since its inception-independence, self-sufficiency and an affection for rural and small-town living-led the Atomic Energy Commission to infamously label the American Mountain West in the 1950s as a "low-use segment of the population." They heard grueling tales of how the U.S. government, in its quest to become a nuclear superpower, secretly treated its rural denizens like an expendable resource. And then they heard fears that it might happen all over again.
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