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Hanford Nuclear Reservation

The southeastern Washington site that helped end WWII. Now one of the most irradiated locations on the planet.



  • Tue., Nov. 10, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

    Rattlesnake Mountain access issue strikes chord in Tri-Cities

    CONSERVATION — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on options for access to Rattlesnake Mountain, a choice ridge of high ground near the Tri-Cities formerly restricted …

  • Fri., Sept. 5, 2014, 5:05 p.m.

    State won’t extend Hanford deadline a third time

    OLYMPIA — Washington state will not give the federal government a third extension of the deadline for coming up with a way to resolve the dispute over cleaning up waste …

  • Tue., April 8, 2014, 8:05 a.m.

    Sign up: Hanford Reach wildflower tours

    NATIVE PLANTS — Spring wildflower tours at Hanford Reach National Monument have proved so popular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doubling the number of tours this year — …

  • Tue., Aug. 13, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

    Court to Obama: Follow the law on waste repository

    The federal government must resume work on the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada that would store the high-level nuclear waste from Hanford and other sites around the country, a federal …

  • Tue., June 25, 2013, 6 a.m.

    Nuclear waste leaking into soil at Hanford

    Hanford is the most contaminated site in the western hemisphere and, twenty-five years into the cleanup, there are still new challenges to face. It’s not like there weren’t dangerous hurdles …

Photo galleries

  • Historical photos of the Hanford nuclear reservation

    These are historical photos of the Hanford nuclear reservation in Central Washington that was part of the U.S. government’s Manhatten Project.

  • Wasteland: Hanford Nuclear Reservation 1994

    In 1994 The Spokesman-Review published a report on the cost of cleaning up the weapons facility and fallout in the community.

  • Hanford reactor update

    The Bonneville Power Administration is increasingly critical of the way Hanford is run, saying the nuclear reactor there is one of the most inefficient in the nation. Hanford is spending millions upgrading the reactor.

Picture stories

  • Sun., Aug. 10, 2014

    Hanford Site Public Tour

    Thousands of tourists visit Hanford Nuclear Reservation each year, taking advantage of free bus tours provided by the U.S. Department of Energy to learn more about the history and cleanup …