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. I do believe that most North Dakotans don't fully value what they have lost or they wouldn't keep electing the same people to represent them.
"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.
He has worked with Hopi and Navajo activists since 1978, producing the award-winning documentaries The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area? (1983) and In the Light of Reverence (2001).
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