During World War II, three secret government sites were selected in the United States to build the atomic bombs which would be built to drop on Japan. This book describes one of those sites, the Hanford Site, in Richland, Washington. The book gives a very comprehensive view of how the site came to be selected for the government site. But the main focus of the book is the consequences of subsequent nuclear testing. The book talks about how little was known about the reactions of different radioactive isotopes, what has been discovered about them, and what can be done, and is being done, to reverse damage that has already been done. The book also describes how the Hanford Site is the economic mainstay behind the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick) and supports a large community of government workers.
This report prepared by BethG