Category Archives: Hanford Site

Cleaning Up After The Cold War: Hanford’s Tank Waste

Also published here. When most people think of “the Cold War nuclear arms race”, they think of Reagan and Gorbachev, Kennedy and Khrushchev, treaties and international summits, Presidents and Premiers. It all starts to seem rather abstract: something from the past, to be relegated to history books and news archives. They probably don’t think of [...]
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Nuclear Sightseeing: The B Reactor And What It Teaches Us

Also published here. Last week, while most of my friends in the nuclear weapons analyst community traveled to New York City to assess the future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, I headed to a remote corner of south-eastern Washington State to explore the origins of the US side of the Cold War nuclear arms race. [...]
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The Environmental Legacy of the Cold War: Progress, Problems, and the Big Picture

Also published here. “I was a 28-year-old kid and I didn’t stop to ruminate about it. I didn’t think, ‘My God, we’ve changed the history of the world!’”. – Glenn T. Seaborg, Nobel Prize winner and Manhattan Project Scientist, from a 1947 interview, on his discovery of plutonium six years earlier. I believe that the [...]
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