VI. Case Study 1: The Grants Uranium District


What follows are the general instructions for student implementation of the first collaborative case study:

Recall your reading of McLemore (2010). The "Grants uranium district" is a 100-by-25-mile area of northwestern New Mexico that provided the raw uranium ore resources used in manufacturing one of the world's largest nuclear arsenals. By the twenty-first century, all uranium mining in the area had ceased, leaving over a thousand abandoned uranium mines (AUM) and seven large uranium mill tailings piles--each associated with groundwater plumes, soil contamination, windblown particulate matter, and radon gas. This case study is focused on the environmental health vulnerability and injustice of the legacy of uranium mining in the region. Each student will contribute at least two unique “artifacts” and contribute at least 200 words in typed response to any of the artifacts collected for the case study. Though Google Doc will track our contributions, please include your full name and date below the artifact you contributed. During this collaborative process, students will begin to write their individual two-page double-spaced reports, which will be submitted via the Assignments function in Canvas. Please see the syllabus regarding what count as "data" or "artifacts," in addition to the 10 Case Study Questions we will answer in this collaborative process. Remember: each artifact and response/analysis should relate in some way to the 10 questions. If you think of new research questions in the process, please add them as part of your 200+ word analysis. I encourage you to interact with your classmates beyond the Google Doc by whatever means is most convenient. This assignment will result in the fourth learning outcome of this course: "Work collaboratively to rapidly produce case study research using diverse digital tools to support research and collaboration.

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Contributed date

January 12, 2021 - 4:15am


Critical Commentary


De Pree, Thomas. 2021. VI.  Case Study 1: The Grants Uranium District. In Afterlife of Atomic America. Disaster STS Research Network.


New Mexico
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Thomas De Pree, "VI. Case Study 1: The Grants Uranium District", contributed by Thomas De Pree and Tim Schütz, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 22 January 2021, accessed 15 August 2022.