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Nuclear Nebraska: The Remarkable Story of the Little County That Couldn't Be Bought

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Synopsis:

In 1989, the federal government, five state governments and two multinational corporations approached Boyd County, Nebraska with what looked like a wonderful deal: In exchange for permission to build a low-level nuclear waste dump on an abandoned farm, they would pay the county $3 million per year for the next 40 years. For that much money, they thought, wouldn’t this poor community agree to just about anything? They couldn’t have been more wrong.

Nuclear Nebraska tells the inspiring story of how Boyd County’s farmers fought both the state and federal governments, and mighty Bechtel International. From their initial revolt to their hard-won victory, this powerful tale traces the community’s transformation from a small group of isolationist farmers to a defiant band of environmentalists. The book chronicles how the farmers of this then Republican county threw their weight behind Democrat Ben Nelson, who delayed but could not stop construction at the site. The farmers then had to train themselves to be environmental experts and provide the kind of evidence that would trump that of Bechtel’s high-paid engineers. They did, and the license to build was denied. Nuclear Nebraska is a gripping account of a community that refused to relinquish its rights to a government its people could no longer trust.

About the Author

Susan Cragin (Wellesley, MA) was working as a story editor for Glass Onion Productions, a documentary film company, when she was tapped by Professor F. Gregory Hayden of the University of Nebraska to write this book.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword by US Senator Ben Nelson ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Cast of Characters xix

Countdown xxiii

1 It Can Happen Here 1

2 A Question of Survival 15

3 The Seeds of Opposition 33

4 Save Boyd County 53

5 Sign, Everywhere a Sign 73

6 Community Consent 91

7 M’Orr-a-torium: The Battle Heats Up 111

8 After the Victory: A Time for Change 133

9 A Change of Friends 153

10 Blood, Sand, and Water 179

11 To License or Not to License: The Long Process 201

12 The Final Battles 225

13 The Last Battle 247

Notes 263

Index 265

About the Author 273

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814474303
Subtitle:
The Remarkable Story of Little County That Couldn't Be Bought
Author:
Cragin, Susan
Foreword:
Nelson, Ben
Publisher:
AMACOM
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
Radioactive waste disposal
Subject:
Environmental protection - Nebraska -
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Government
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Government & Business
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070627
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 IN 1.4 LB in.
Age Level:
18

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Business » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Pollution

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In 1989, the federal government, five state governments and two multinational corporations approached Boyd County, Nebraska with what looked like a wonderful deal: In exchange for permission to build a low-level nuclear waste dump on an abandoned farm, they would pay the county $3 million per year for the next 40 years. For that much money, they thought, wouldn’t this poor community agree to just about anything? They couldn’t have been more wrong.

Nuclear Nebraska tells the inspiring story of how Boyd County’s farmers fought both the state and federal governments, and mighty Bechtel International. From their initial revolt to their hard-won victory, this powerful tale traces the community’s transformation from a small group of isolationist farmers to a defiant band of environmentalists. The book chronicles how the farmers of this then Republican county threw their weight behind Democrat Ben Nelson, who delayed but could not stop construction at the site. The farmers then had to train themselves to be environmental experts and provide the kind of evidence that would trump that of Bechtel’s high-paid engineers. They did, and the license to build was denied. Nuclear Nebraska is a gripping account of a community that refused to relinquish its rights to a government its people could no longer trust.

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