Karen Silkwood's Shower


Karen Silkwood


Decontamination Shower


Removes foreign substances at a microscopic level from organic organisms that shower inside.


None identified



Collected by

James McPherson



Date of Collection

August 15, 1982


Origin[edit | edit source]

Karen Gay Silkwood (February 19, 1946 – November 13, 1974) was an American chemical technician and labor union activist known for raising concerns about corporate practices related to health and safety of workers in a nuclear facility. She is most famous for her mysterious death, which was the subject of a victorious lawsuit led by attorney Daniel Sheehan and other founding members of the Christic Institute against the chemical company Kerr-McGee. She gained more fame when she was portrayed by Meryl Streep in Nora Ephron's 1983 Academy Award-nominated film "Silkwood".

For three days in November, she was found to have high levels of contamination on her person and in her home. That month, while driving to meet with David Burnham, a New York Times journalist, and Steve Wodka, an official of her union's national office, she died in a car accident under unclear circumstances.

Warehouse Use[edit | edit source]

Karen Silkwood's Shower is located near the entrance of the Radiation Section for emergency decontamination of agents.

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