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On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site

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On the Home Front is the only comprehensive history of the Hanford Nuclear Site, Americas most productive and wasteful plutonium manufacturing facility. Located in southeastern Washington State, the Hanford Site produced the plutonium used in the atomic bombs that ended World War II. This book was made possible by the declassification in the 1980s of tens of thousands of government documents relating to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the site. The third edition contains a new introduction by John M. Findlay and a new epilogue by the author.

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The Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and the DuPont Corporation during World War II to produce plutonium for America's first atomic weapons. The gigantic facility was immediately successful, producing and delivering in less than two years the plutonium for the world's initial atomic explosion and for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki that effectively ended World War II. This first complete history of Hanford was made possible by the recent declassification of tens of thousands of formerly secret government documents relating to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the site. It describes the releases (planned and accidental) of radioactive and chemical contaminants; their pathways through the environment; attempts to correct problems under conditions of rapid, nearly chaotic change; and the secrecy of government operations that made scientific review of Hanford processes virtually impossible.

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Michele Stenehjem Gerber works in the Public Information Office of Fluor Hanford, Inc. She has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Declassification and has served on the Hanford Reach National Monument Federal Advisory Committee and consulted for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
 
John M. Findlay is a professor of history at the University of Washington and the coeditor of Parallel Destinies: Canadians, Americans and the Western Border and The Atomic West.

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ISBN:
9780803259959
Author:
Gerber, Michele Stenehjem
Publisher:
Bison Books
Introduction by:
Findlay, John M.
Introduction:
Findlay, John
Introduction:
Findlay, John M.
Author:
Findlay, John M.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Nuclear weapons plants
Subject:
Hazardous waste site remediation
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Subject:
Nuclear weapons plants - Waste disposal -
Subject:
Hanford Site (Wash.)
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 photographs, 2 maps, notes, glossary,
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.25 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and the DuPont Corporation during World War II to produce plutonium for America's first atomic weapons. The gigantic facility was immediately successful, producing and delivering in less than two years the plutonium for the world's initial atomic explosion and for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki that effectively ended World War II. This first complete history of Hanford was made possible by the recent declassification of tens of thousands of formerly secret government documents relating to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the site. It describes the releases (planned and accidental) of radioactive and chemical contaminants; their pathways through the environment; attempts to correct problems under conditions of rapid, nearly chaotic change; and the secrecy of government operations that made scientific review of Hanford processes virtually impossible.
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