AUTHORFindlay, John M. / Hevly, Bruce
TITLEAtomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West
PUBLISHERUniversity of Washington Press
CITYSeattle, WA

This historical analysis of the Hanford Engineering Works emphasizes its industrial environment, the nature of the work accomplished there, and Hanford's influence on science and technology as well as on the development of the communities surrounding it. The authors present complex and interesting aspects of Hanford, drawing a contrast between its role as the facility that produced plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal and its impact on the environment and people of the region. The book covers Hanford's beginnings in 1943 through the Cold War to the nuclear waste remediation activities of the 1990s. Organized into four chapters, it examines particular aspects of the site and its plutonium production; changes in the surrounding communities; impacts of federal, state, and local politics; and the influence of the project on the economy and environment of the region. It also shows how the people and location of Hanford inflenced the outcomes of the project.

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