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A row of B-17 bombers being assembled by Boeing workers at a Seattle plant during World War II.

The Plane That Won A War And Polluted A River

World War II spurred a plane-manufacturing frenzy on the bank of Seattle's Duwamish River. The pollution is still with us. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.


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Seth Ellingsworth, 35, spends most days confined to his home in Richland, Washington.

Life At A Post-War Nuclear Weapons Factory

Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup workers must fight for acknowledgement their illnesses stem from on-the-job exposures. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.



The Waste That Remains From Arming Nuclear Weapons

The Hanford Nuclear Site has been in cleanup mode since the Cold War ended. But the first drop of waste has yet to be treated. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.


Hundreds of World War II ships were dismantled at the Zidell site on Portland’s South Waterfront.

Portland’s Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

Portland's WWII shipbuilding gave way to shipbreaking and environmental consequences extending well beyond the war years. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.



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