Science in a world of rules, regulations, and war
The United States ended World War II as the world’s sole nuclear power, but within five years the country had lost its nuclear monopoly. In response a president attempted a risky balancing act between war and peace, secrecy and transparency.
In 1992 the Subcommittee on Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss the current state of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The title underlined the concerns of the committee’s senior members—“Toxic Substances Control: Still Waiting After All These Years.”
At the onset of World War II the United States faced a sudden shortage of rubber, an essential wartime material. One concentrated effort to find a sustainable domestic source occurred in an unlikely place: a Japanese American internment camp in California.