Documentary on nuclear workers on local screen

St. Louis Filmmaker Tony West will screen his award-winning documentary The Safe Side Of the Fence at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at Greendale Cinema.

The film exposes how early nuclear workers were contaminated through their work during the Manhattan Project and the Cold War and how the early mindset that allowed that to happen puts current workers at risk. Locally, Fernald Feed Materials

Center has paid out over 900 million dollars to workers and family members – the most anywhere in the country – through the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Act.  

The FFMC is a sister plant of the Weldon Plant featured in the film.  

In addition, the film deals with the challenges of nuclear waste and how waste from the Cold War era is still being cleaned up in many cities today.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act was created to help many of these workers, but unfortunately many people do not know this program exists. The film shows how the program came about and the difficulties that some workers face trying to navigate this program.

Tickets are $9 general admission, $7.50 student and $6.50 senior/child and on sale now at