How Hanford’s Scientists Recreated Nature

On October 7, I read this paper “How Hanford’s Environmental Scientists Recreated Nature in the most Polluted Place in the US.” This was my final project for the Resident Scholar Program at OSU Library Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Many thanks to the folks at SCARC for this great opportunity. Also thanks to Robert Peckyno…

History of the Environment on the Rails

With summer drawing to a close, I took the opportunity to ride the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Albany, Oregon to Union Station in Los Angeles. I’d never taken the train for such a long trip, 28 hours each way. On such a long trip landscapes pass by, fixed in their space but transient in the…

An Uncertain Future

From the LA Times: the Department of Energy officially ends the surcharge that would pay for a high-level waste depository. The storage of High-level Waste (HLW) continues to present both a technological and social problem in the United States. HLW exists in a flurry of questions: What geological locale will provide the best long-term storage…

Wilderness Act Turns 50

Wilderness Act Turns 50 A post I wrote on the Wilderness Act for the OSU School of History, Science, and Religion’s blog. It can also be seen at OSU’s Spring Creek Project.