In New Jersey: A Uranium Boom Goes Bust

Back in the '50s, it seemed as if everybody from clerks and college boys to teachers and truckers was off traipsing through the deserts of the Southwest and the forests of the northern Midwest, hoping to hear the staccato clicking of a brand-new Geiger counter. Homeowners all across America daydreamed of discovering uranium in their backyards and living on Easy Street forever. In New Jersey's Jefferson Township, a small (pop. 16,000) community nestled in green hills about an hour's drive from Manhattan, that old dream is a present reality. The rock beneath is...

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