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Title: Environmental Restoration of Diesel-Range Organics from Project Chariot, Cape Thompson, Alaska

The Chariot site is located in the Ogotoruk Valley in the Cape Thompson region of northwest Alaska. Project Chariot was part of the Plowshare Program, created in 1957 by the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), a predecessor agency of the US Department of Energy (DOE), to study peaceful uses for atomic energy. Project Chariot began in 1958 when a scientific field team chose Cape Thompson as a potential site to excavate a harbor using a series of nuclear explosions. AEC, with assistance from other agencies, conducted more than 40 pretest bioenvironmental studies of the Cape Thompson area between 1959 and 1962; however, the Plowshare Program work at the Project Chariot site (Figure 1) was cancelled because of strong public opposition [1]. No nuclear explosions were ever conducted at the site.
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  1. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Legacy Management
  2. Navarro Research & Engineering
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
2016 Waste Management 16147
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Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management, Phoenix, AZ, March 6-10 2016
Research Org:
US Department of Energy/Office of Legacy Management
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE EM Office of Safety and Security Program (EM-20); USDOE Office of Legacy Management (LM), Office of Site Operations (LM-20)
Country of Publication:
United States