This excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Containment takes a tour of the swampy area in Burke County, Georgia, adjacent to Savannah River Site (SRS) nuclear facility. The distance separating the two is the width of the river itself. “No fishing” signs dot the area, and as one of our guides points out, a lot of people think that’s a territory thing rather than a warning about radioactive fish. The SRS is a large facility, covering 314 square miles, and the distance across the river, as Burke County Rev. Willie Tomlin tells us, is no more than 75 feet. What is in that water and what effect has it had on plant and wildlife (and people) in the area?
Premiering Monday, January 9, 2017. Check local listings: