"Waste Lands: America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy"

"During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on."

"The Department of Energy says it has protected the public health, and studies about radiation harm aren’t definitive. But with the government's own records about many of the sites unclear, the Journal has compiled a database that draws on thousands of public records and other sources to trace this historic atomic development effort and its consequences."

John R. Emshwiller, Jeremy Singer-Vine, Neil Parmar, and Charity Scott report a feature package for the Wall Street Journal October 29, 2013.

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"A Nuclear Cleanup Effort Leaves Questions Lingering at Scores of Old Sites" (Wall St. Journal)

Source: Wall St. Journal, 10/30/2013