AUTHORMcCutcheon, Chuck
TITLENuclear Reactions: The Politics of Opening a Radioactive Waste Disposal Site
PUBLISHERUniversity of New Mexico Press
CITYAlbuquerque, NM
DATE PUBLISHED2002
ISBN0-8263-2209-3


This book provides a comprehensive history of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) at Carlsbad, New Mexico, a massive underground storage facility which houses contaminated material used in building nuclear weapons. WIPP is characterized as illustrating political, legal and technical issues surrounding the disposal of nuclear waste. The author traces the evolution of the project and the controversies which delayed its opening for many years. Interviews and character sketches of politicians, scientists, and environmentalists give valuable insights into the project. The book contributes to the social and political history of nuclear power in the United States.


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