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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In southeast Indiana, the 100 square miles of farmland known as the Jefferson Proving Ground (scheduled to close) contains more than one million unexploded bombs, mines and artillery shells, some buried 30 feet deep. In Hanford, Wash., the cleanup of radioactive wastes that have seeped into the ground is estimated to take 30 years and cost $57 billion. Using the Freedom of Information Act, freelance journalist Shulman documents what may be the country's most serious environmental threat: toxic contamination at virtually every one of the 1855 military installations. Shulman charges that the defense department has for years included toxic material in mixed lots of surplus goods sold to the public and that managers have withheld information about pollution. He notes that the Pentagon insists on running the cleanup program, resisting outside regulation and hiring the same contractors that helped create the problems. Costs of cleanup are staggering, and in such cases as chemical weapons, the technology in doubt. Shulman describes citizen efforts for action and offers information on agencies to contact. (May)
Library Journal
This book is an important work of investigative journalism that documents the damage to the environment inflicted by the U.S. military over the four decades of the Cold War. Shulman devotes a chapter each to some 15 different highly contaminated sites around the country. In each case, Shulman describes the nature and degree of the damage and analyzes how the Pentagon and other federal agencies have effectively written off tens of thousands of sites as ``national sacrifice zones'' that will pose a threat to human health and our air, soil, water, and wildlife for generations. This is both a telling expose and an eminently practical guide to citizens interested in demanding that their neighborhoods be cleaned up. The appendixes hold a wealth of information on strategies for action, pertinent law, and suspected contamination sites.-- Jennifer Scarlott, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, New York
A comprehensive account of the US military's history of toxic waste production and dumping, well told for a wide audience by science journalist Shulman. Appendices include strategies for local action, suspected sites of contamination by type, and pertinent laws. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807004173
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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