Consequences of Radiation Exposure Museum and Archives (CORE)

Point of Contact:

  • Trisha Pritikin; Co-Founder, President of the Board of CORE; Hanford downwinder, lawyer, author and advocate 
  • Contact Information:  triesq@aol.com
  • Personal Website: trishapritikin.com

Location: CORE is a Washington State nonprofit and IRS 501(c)(3) based out of Seattle, WA. Trisha was born and raised  in Richland, WA and now lives in Berkeley, CA

CORE’s website: corehanford.org

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About Trisha

Trisha Pritikin was born and raised in Richland, WA, where her father worked at the Hanford Nuclear Site as a nuclear engineer. She was a plaintiff in In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation (In re Hanford), mass toxic tort litigation in which more than five thousand Hanford downwinders filed personal injury suits against former Hanford contractors. She was a member of the Hanford Downwinders Coalition, a citizen action group, and served for more than eight years as a federally appointed Special Government Employee on the Hanford Health Effects Subcommittee. She served as co-chair of the Hanford Health Information Network Resource Center Advisory Board, and as a Board member on the Hanford Health Information Archives, and the successor 510(c)(3) to that entity, the Radiochemical Health Effects Archives.

Successes

  • 1994: Published “Hanford: Where Traditional Common Law Fails,” Hanford Symposium- Part I:  Issues Involving the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Gonzaga Law Review. 
  • 2011: Published ““Insignificant and Invisible: The Human Toll of the Hanford Thyroid Disease Study,” a chapter in Tortured Science: Health Studies, Ethics and Nuclear Weapons in the United States, compiled and edited by Dianne Quigley, Amy Lowman and Steve Wing.
  • 2019: The Hanford Plaintiffs: Voices from the Fight for Atomic Justice, published by University Press of Kansas.

A full list of Trisha’s publications, media appearances, and presentations can be found on her website here and at TheHanfordPlaintiffs.com

About CORE

In 2015, Trisha co-founded Consequences of Radiation Exposure Museum and Archives (CORE) to raise awareness of and advocate for populations exposed to environmental ionizing radiation. CORE’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate understanding of the human toll of exposure to ionizing radiation from uranium mining, milling, or transport; nuclear weapons production, testing or deployment in warfare; nuclear reactor offsite releases and related radiation exposures. Today, their work focuses on ensuring civilian downwind populations are represented in discussions and educational efforts about nuclear weapons. CORE hopes to eventually found a museum and archives dedicated to downwinders globally.

Current Projects

  • Trisha recently completed a new book: The Hanford Plaintiffs: Voices from the Fight for Atomic Justice, published February 25, 2020 February 2020 by University Press of Kansas. The book presents the oral histories of 24 In re Hanford plaintiffs and interweaves their stories with the health outcomes and litigation filed by civilian populations exposed downwind of Nevada Test Site atmospheric atomic tests.
  • CORE continues to demand that the Manhattan Project National Historic Site at Hanford  include the stories of downwinders and Japanese Hibakusha. 
  • CORE presented a panel discussion on the human health effects of Hanford operations downwinders at WSU TriCities’ 2017 conference, “Legacies of the Manhattan Project.” CORE has been invited to present once again at future conferences.
  • CORE, alongside affiliated citizen groups, is currently lobbying for inclusion of the stories of Nevada Test Site downwinders and Japanese hibakusha within exhibits at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, as these stories are not currently included within the museum. 
  • In 2018, CORE partnered with Whitman College, World Citizens for Peace in Richland,  and the City of Nagasaki to organize the “Hanford-Nagasaki Bridge Project,” an educational conference that included special guest Mitsugi Moriguchi, a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from Nagasaki. CORE is exploring the possibility of hosting visitors from Fukushima prefecture in 2021, the 10th anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.

Opportunities for Collaboration

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, book launch events for The Hanford Plaintiffs have been postponed.  Help getting the word out about the book via social media would be greatly appreciated. Net proceeds from the sale of the book benefit CORE.
  • Support for CORE’s project to include downwinders’ stories in the National Atomic Testing Museum in Nevada. For example, signing on to the CORE letter currently being written, and helping recruit national nuclear weapons organizations to support the effort, or helping to generate media coverage. 
  • Collaborating on events and discussion of downwinders around the 75th anniversary of the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. CORE is interested in working with their partners in Japan to hold educational events in the United States, although these events will all be held virtually to adhere to recommended social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Supporting online efforts to more easily share information and data about communities across the country that have been impacted by nuclear weapons production and testing, such as a virtual conference or a central website to collect personal stories and information.
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