The Yggdrasil Institute Program (through Earth Island Institute, Inc.) is one of 39 environmental and peace organizations that won a landmark lawsuit against the U.S Department of Energy for failure to follow-through on adequate environmental cleanup during its 50+ years of nuclear weapons research, testing, and production. Part of this settlement was the establishment of the MTA Fund (Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund), which provided $6.25 million for tribes and non-profit organizations to assess and conduct independent technical and scientific studies regarding the multitude of technical, ecological, and health issues surrounding the nation’s nuclear weapons complex.
Clark University was chosen by the non-profit peace and environmental groups as the conservator of these reports to ensure they remain available to the public in perpetuity. The unconventional election of university as conservator is an innovative example, particularly within the era of Web 1.0, of higher education as protector and provider of information through wide dissemination.
The research and reports available in this series were conducted by the Yggdrasil Institute Program with their allocated portion of the MTA fund.
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The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant was built in 1952, and began operations at the end of 1954, to increase the government’s capacity to produce highly enriched uranium for naval reactors and the burgeoning nuclear power industry. The purpose of this report is to review the present and past environmental record of the Portsmouth facility, focusing on groundwater and the facilities on the east side of the site.
This research was completed money allocated during Round 1 of the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund (MTA Fund). Clark University was named conservator of these works.
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