ROY E. GEPHART. Battelle Press, Columbus, OH 43201. 2003. Softbound, 388 pp. $34.95. ISBN 1-57477-134-5.

The Hanford Reservation in southeastern Washington State was a major production site for nuclear weapons during the World War II and the Cold War era. For decades, plutonium has been produced by irradiation of uranium. Plutonium production generated a large amount of radioactive and nonradioactive waste, and the majority of it was disposed off in underground tanks or directly into the subsurface. Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of Hanford has shifted to environmental cleanup. Cleanup at a site like Hanford is...

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