December 29 - 1958: Bourne chosen as suitable site for a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

Gloucester's Dogtown, Plymouth's Standish State Park, Fall River, Lynn, Saugus and Revere rejected in favor of Upper Cape
Cape Cod's loss was Arco Idaho's gain. AEC photo.

1958: The day Cape Cod almost got "nuked"

On this day in 1958, the Lowell Sun reported some big news that never came to be:

A Massachusetts legislative study group has recommended Camp Edwards on Cape Cod as a suitable site for a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant.

The commission's report was filed with the clerk of the Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday on the completion of a study which began in May, 1957.

The group also considered Dogtown Common in Gloucester, Myles Standish State Forest near Plymouth, Freetown State Forest north of Fall River and a salt marsh in Saugus, Lynn and Revere. All were rejected in favor of Edwards.

The commission said that at present there is only one plant in the country for extracting valuable uranium and plutonium from used atomic fuel. This is at the Atomic Energy Commission's reactor test station in Arco, Idaho.

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