AUTHORClay, Colin, Ed.
TITLERace for Atomic Power: The Remarkable History of the National Reactor Testing Station, Idaho Falls, Idaho
PUBLISHERAtomic Heritage Foundation
CITYWashington, D.C.
DATE PUBLISHED2005
ISBNNo number - Use WorldCat link below


This booklet provides a brief history of the National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, from the creation of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1946 to the state of the NRTS in the 1990s. With bold headings, numerous photographs, simple diagrams, and maps, the book narrates the selection of Idaho to house the NRTS in the late 1940s, Idaho culture during the Atomic Age boom, and how the Experimental Breeder Reactors (EBR) I and II were developed. It touches on topics in reactor science, the effect of the famous ÔÇťAtoms for Peace" speech by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, military pursuits at the NRTS, and health impacts and environmental management. Also provided are a short bibliography and biographical information about prominent NRTS workers. The booklet was produced to accompany a 2005 exhibit at the Museum of Idaho entitled "Race for Atomic Power." A more comprehensive version of the history of the NRTS, which is now known as the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEL), is available online under the title Proving the Principle, by Susan M. Stacy.


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