Poison in the Well
Poison in the Well investigates the policy decisions, scientific conflicts, public relations strategies, and the myriad mishaps and cover-ups that were born out of the dilemma of where to house deadly nuclear materials. Why did scientists and politicians choose the sea for waste disposal? How did negotiations about the uses of the sea change the way scientists, government officials, and ultimately the lay public imagined the oceans? Jacob Darwin Hamblin traces the development of the issue in Western countries from the end of World War II to the blossoming of the environmental movement in the early 1970s.
First published in 2008, Poison in the Well remains the historical standard on the subject of radioactive waste in the oceans. It is a striking study of the conflicts that so often occur at the intersection of science, politics, and international diplomacy.