Pages 41-44 of this document discuss the various continental nuclear test sites that were considered before the selection of Nevada. While North Carolina seems like an unusual choice at first, it would be in close proximity to Savannah River Site in South Carolina. North Carolina also established the world's first university based nuclear engineering program at North Carolina State University in 1950. How would a test site in North Carolina have been in fallout contamination? Would a coastal site have made it easier for foreign powers to snoop on American nuclear tests?