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.
It's as if the local permitting authorities are saying, 'We already have a national sacrifice area in Vernon; a little more wouldn't make any difference,'" says Pat Costner, science adviser to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
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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