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Poison in the Well: Radioactive Waste in the Oceans at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

By: Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Rutgers University Press

Paperback | Aug 2009 | #182912 | ISBN-13: 9780813546742
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Jacob Darwin Hamblin traces the issue of radioactive waste in Western countries from the end of World War II to the blossoming of the environmental movement in the early 1970s and provides a balanced look at the policy decisions, scientific conflicts, public relations strategies, and the myriad mishaps and subsequent cover-ups that were born out of the dilemma of where to house deadly nuclear materials.

This impressively researched and judiciously argued book challenges readers to think in new ways about what happens when science, politics, and the environment intersect. - American Historical Review "Poison in the Well tells how British and American nuclear scientists have handled radioactive wastes since World War II, despite uncertainty about long-term genetic and somatic effects, creating a legacy that will last for thousands of years. Interdisciplinary turf battles, government secrecy, and technological hubris all play a role in this well-constructed narrative." - Robert W. Seidel, professor of history of science and technology, University of Minnesota "Hamblin's examination of radioactive waste dumping in Europe and America is an important and valuable study, particularly for those interested in the role of science, technology and environment in modern life." - Ronald Rainger, professor of history, Texas Tech University"


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Biography

JACOB DARWIN HAMBLIN is an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University.

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