AUTHORGephart, Roy E.
TITLEHanford: A Conversation about Nuclear Waste and Cleanup
PUBLISHERBattelle Press
CITYColumbus, OH

This well-organized, informative work presents a history of nuclear waste management at Hanford, Washington, which was the first site in the world to release large amounts of radioactive waste into the environment. From its origin as a major component of the Manhattan Project during World War II until production ceased at the end of the Cold War in 1990, the site produced two-thirds of the plutonium used in the United States for nuclear weapons. As a result, massive amounts of waste remain behind in tanks, buildings, and underground. Written for the general public to understand the historical, social, and technical issues surrounding the generation and cleanup of nuclear waste, the book is also useful for a more scientific audience. In addition to an accurate presentation of environmental problems created by nuclear waste, it stresses the importance of ethical standards and social values in coping with them. The extensive use of maps and diagrams along with an excellent bibliography and glossary add to the richness of the resource.

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