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Author Frank, Joshua, author.

Title Atomic Days : The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America / Joshua Frank.

Publication Info. Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, 2022.


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Description 1 online resource (1 volume (unpaged)) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Anatomy of an atomic wasteland -- Of leaks and lies: a catastrophe in waiting -- The permanent disaster economy -- This damn place will destroy you: how Hanford workers risk their lives every single day -- To kill a whistleblower: the case of Ed Bricker -- Toxic avengers: top engineers and scientists blow the whistle on Hanford safety -- Hanford's Indigenous struggle for environmental justice: the legacy of Russell Jim -- Destroying the planet to save the planet: the fallacies of nuclear technology -- The Chernobyl-in-waiting.
Summary "Once home to the United States's largest plutonium production site, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is laced with 56 million gallons of radioactive waste. The threat of an explosive accident at Hanford is all too real--an event that could be more catastrophic than Chernobyl. The EPA designated Hanford the most toxic place in America; it is also the most expensive environmental clean-up job the world has ever seen, with a $677 billion price tag that keeps growing. Huge underground tanks, well past their life expectancy and full of boiling radioactive gunk, are leaking, infecting groundwater supplies and threatening the Columbia River. Whistleblowers, worried that the worst is ahead, are now speaking out, begging to be heard and hoping their pleas help bring attention to the dire situation at Hanford. Aside from a few feisty community groups and handful of Indigenous activists, there is very little public scrutiny of the clean-up process, which is managed by the Department of Energy and carried out by contractors with shoddy track records, like Bechtel. In the context of renewed support for atomic power as a means of combating climate change, Atomic Days provides a much-needed refutation of the myths of nuclear technology--from weapons to electricity--and shines a spotlight on the ravages of Hanford and its threat to communities, workers and the global environment."-- Back cover.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 13, 2022).
Subject Hanford Site (Wash.) -- History.
Hanford Site (Wash.) -- Environmental conditions.
Nuclear weapons plants -- Waste disposal -- Environmental aspects -- Washington (State) -- Hanford Site.
Hazardous waste site remediation -- Washington (State) -- Hanford Site.
Radioactive waste sites -- Cleanup -- Washington (State) -- Hanford Site.
Ecology. (OCoLC)fst00901476
Hazardous waste site remediation. (OCoLC)fst00952317
Nuclear weapons plants -- Waste disposal -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst01041052
Radioactive waste sites -- Cleanup. (OCoLC)fst01087930
Washington (State) -- Hanford Site. (OCoLC)fst01287743
Other Form: Print version: Frank, Joshua. Atomic days. Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2022 9781642598285 (DLC) 2022950115 (OCoLC)1315739544
ISBN 9781642598636 electronic book
1642598631 electronic book
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