So here’s part of what I’ve been so busy with:
World War II was raging when, shrouded in secrecy, the U.S. government built a pair of chemical plants on a barren plain along a bend in the Columbia River in Washington state.
“B-Plant” and “T-Plant” were identical copies, spaced far enough apart that a Japanese bomber could not destroy both plants on a single bombing run.
Their job – to process the plutonium for America’s first atom bombs.
Sixty years later, the witches’ brew of radioactive waste from those plants is at the center of a bitter dispute between the Department of Energy and the state of New Mexico. The question is whether some of it can be disposed of in New Mexico.
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