On August 19, 2022, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held a virtual public meeting to mark the completion of their feasibility study on the Declassification of Records Relating to Nuclear Weapons Testing and Cleanup Activities in the Marshall Islands. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual public meeting, which was attended by the PIDB members: Alissa Starzak, Carter Burwell, Paul-Noel Chretien, Laura DeBonis, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, and John Tierney. PIDB members presented findings published in the study, which the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act required PIDB to conduct. The meeting also featured perspectives on researching U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands presented by Walter Pincus, the author of Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islands (November 2021).
A video of the virtual public meeting, which was streamed live on the National Archives and Records Administration’s YouTube Channel, is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COSIadp41sk.
The agenda for the virtual public meeting is available on the PIDB’s website: https://www.archives.gov/declassification/pidb/meetings/pidb2022.