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Hanford Nuclear Reservation

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    I think it is destined to become a 600 square mile no go zone for humans. A Chernoble park for us to not enjoy.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    I'm not familiar with this. What is going on?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma? Can you be more specific?
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    Zach F Wrote: I'm not familiar with this. What is going on?
    That be where we built the first plutonium bomb. Thousands of gallons of radioactive liquids are leaking into the soil and we have no clue how to proceed.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    the Manhattan Project left a nasty environmental legacy ..

    the Hanford locaton is the most contaminated nuclear site in the entire country .. this site produced the plutonium for the majority of the weapons manufactured during the Cold War ..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site

    Hanford was just one of many sites used during the Manhattan project .. the map below will give you a rough idea where the other locations were:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IbSjHHsOEbA/TLs1BxdgctI/AAAAAAAAAO4/WPlaTazLhmg/s320/wmd.jpg
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: the Manhattan Project left a nasty environmental legacy ..

    the Hanford locaton is the most contaminated nuclear site in the entire country .. this site produced the plutonium for the majority of the weapons manufactured during the Cold War ..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site

    Hanford was just one of many sites used during the Manhattan project .. the map below will give you a rough idea where the other locations were:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IbSjHHsOEbA/TLs1BxdgctI/AAAAAAAAAO4/WPlaTazLhmg/s320/wmd.jpg
    A good thing is that they did not build that in Oklahoma!!!
  • Democrat
    Mojave Desert, NV
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    But they sure tried to establish the nation's nuclear waste dump in southern Nevada, the third-most active earthquake zone in the country. Harry Reid finally scuttled that lame-brain project.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Dragon Wrote: But they sure tried to establish the nation's nuclear waste dump in southern Nevada, the third-most active earthquake zone in the country. Harry Reid finally scuttled that lame-brain project.
    The earthquake thing isn't that big of an issue. The fact that there was no ground water, it was not a habitable place for humans, and the threat to wildlife was minimal is what made that site appealing.

    Also, that site was for storing Nuclear Power waste, not nuclear weapon byproducts. There is a HUGE difference in half-life and radiation output between the two.
  • Democrat
    Mojave Desert, NV
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    There's no shortage of groundwater. The adjacent Amargosa River (mostly underground) drains almost 3100 sq mi.

    The area is no more uninhabitable than is nearby Las Vegas. It is not inhabited because like 90% of the state it's federal land and is not accessible to the general public.