CREATORSinger-Vine, Jeremy / Emshwiller, John R. / Parmar, Neil / Scott, Charity
TITLEWastelands: America's Nuclear Legacy
DATE PUBLISHED2019, frequently updated

This interactive database provides a detailed assessment of the ongoing environmental cost of nuclear weapons production undertaken by the United States during World War II and the Cold War. The database draws from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) for information on 517 contaminated sites in various stages of cleanup in 46 states. Compiled by the staff of the Wall Street Journal, the website targets the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Considered Sites” list, which identifies factories, laboratories, and other sites associated with nuclear weapons production. An interactive map allows users to access information on each location such as cleanup status (in progress, complete, referred by the Department of Energy (DOE) to another government agency, or little potential for radioactive contamination), a general description of the site's historic activities relating to weapons production, a government assessment of the site's clean-up status, and a listing of radioactive or chemical contamination present. Though the database does not include all sites that are part of the nuclear weapons complex legacy, it provides a stark view of the continued costs of widespread residual contamination resulting from nuclear weapons production in the United States.

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