national sacrifice area

national sacrifice area

A short-lived euphemism used by the US Department of Energy for a zone that would become a de facto repository—e.g., Hanford, the largely de-commissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River in Washington State—for highly radioactive materials, where hundreds of thousands of tons of waste would have been consolidated, stabilised, packaged, redisposed.
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Western North Dakota has become an industrial combat zone and a national sacrifice area.
Opponents of nuclear waste disposal in the Southwest have charged that their region has been chosen as a national sacrifice area for dangerous radioactive wastes.
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