Cleaning Up America
When the Atomic Age ends and the plutonium mills go quiet, cleanup duty falls to the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. It in turn doles out billions to a select group of contractors, including CH2M Hill, that specialize in mega-scale decontamination. The Plutonium Finishing Plant at the Hanford Site in Washington State supplied fissile material for the Manhattan Project and the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Now it will require decades of fastidious unbuilding; the workers are tearing down facilities that some of their grandfathers erected in the 1940s. Roll over the circles to see just how long and how much it’s going to cost to clean up America.