Literature Review:
In preparation for this project, I plan to better acquaint myself with the following literatures. The five that I suspect will be the most important are underlined, as it may be impossible to delve deeply into each in the time available.
  • Social science* of ethics
  • Temporality
  • Anticipatory Governance
  • Social science of inheritance
  • Social science of prediction/prognostication
  • Risk / Risk societies
  • Social science of the nuclear age
  • Cold war history
  • History of the Northwest
  • Disaster studies
  • STS: Public participation / stakeholder processes
  • Environmental/Eco social science
  • Critical geography & “Socionature”
  • Green socialism
  • Environmental justice
  • Social science of American Indian experience with the nuclear complex and environmental justice more broadly
  • Philosophy: intergenerational ethics
  • Law: rights of future generations
  • Politics of representation


Site Visit:
I plan to visit the Hanford region in early June to attend the Hanford Advisory Board Meeting, and begin contacting (and hopefully interviewing) possible informants. If possible, I will also attend a public tour of the Hanford nuclear reservation, and attend meetings or events of relevant groups (including, perhaps, Occupy Portland).

Fieldwork:
If the initial site visit is promising, I will move to Richland, WA and engage in fieldwork for roughly one year. This will include participant observation at relevant meetings and events and interviews with “stakeholders,” government officials, journalists, scientists, and others involved in some way with cleanup efforts at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Supplementary Interviews:
In addition to fieldwork, I will conduct interviews (remotely and in person) with relevant organizations, policymakers, and experts offsite. This will likely involve several trips to Washington, DC while living in Troy, as well as trips to other locations in the Pacific Northwest while conducting fieldwork.

Archival Work / Document Collection & Analysis:
In addition to fieldwork, interviews, and literature reviews of secondary sources, this project will involve working with documents from government, environmental groups, and others. It may also call for some archival work to learn more about the local history of some topics I am investigating (e.g., intergenerational ethics). While I have not identified particular “archives,” the following are some of the particular kinds of documents that might be interesting:
  1. Agendas, recordings, correspondence (if available), and minutes from Hanford Advisory Board meetings (and committees of this board)
  2. DoE reports, grey literature, budgets, and contracts/agreements
  3. Press releases, media advisories, reports, and “grey literature” from the various stakeholders that have been involved in the site
  4. Documents related to court cases involving the site, including those related to “downwinders” and whistleblowers
  5. Agendas, recordings, correspondence (if available), and minutes from various relevant organizations, including the Hanford Education Action League (HEAL)
  6. Relevant state and federal laws, policies, and regulations (both current and historical)
  7. News articles dealing with the site
  8. Relevant treaties concerning Hanford
  9. Grants, publications, reports, patents, and other documentation of relevant work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and (perhaps, to a lesser extent) other national labs
  10. Documents from contractors working at the Hanford nuclear reservation, including (if relevant) shareholder reports, leaked documents, safety protocols, press releases, contracts/agreements, court cases, and regulatory actions
  11. Records of hearings, floor debates, and relevant legislation from Washington and Oregon state legislatures, as well as Congress



*A term I use, clumsily, to refer to STS, anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy/social theory, and related fields.