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Nevada License Plate Shows Nukes

May 2, 2002

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RENO, Nev. (AP) _ A cloud of controversy is rising over a Nevada license plate commemorating nuclear testing.

The Nevada license plate shows a mushroom cloud hovering over the desert. According to the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, it’s a testament to the workers at the nuclear weapons test site who helped win the Cold War.

But some in Utah, Nevada and Arizona say the plate is tasteless and offensive. They say radioactive fallout caused higher rates of cancer for those living downwind.

Some of the registration fees for the plate are being earmarked for a test site museum. Opponents say the museum will glorify nuclear testing and ignore the suffering it caused.

The designer of the license plate says those who don’t like it should choose another plate.

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