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Hanford: cleaning up mess will require better management

Last of five parts In the 21st century, nuclear undertakers will bury Hanford’s bomb-making past in the desert soil. They will demolish the brooding gray plutonium reactors that sucked water …


Hanford’s plutonium finishing plant

The Plutonium Finishing Plant was built in 1951 to turn plutonium-rich liquids into solid forms that fuel the guts of nuclear bombs. The secret, heavily-guarded facility was code-named Z Plant. …


Whistleblower found himself out of a job

When Michael Bott flagged a Hanford accounting violation seven years ago, he thought he’d be praised. He was wrong. Nine months after Bott objected to more than $200,000 in improperly …


Hanford: Lawyers get rich on fees paid by taxpayers

Fourth of five parts On a winter’s night in 1992, five lawyers sat down to dinner at Ray’s Boathouse, a fancy Seattle restaurant with a stunning view of Puget Sound …


Hanford: the money trail

Third of 5 parts The new luxury homes, shimmering ponds and golf course greens loom above the golden desert like an opulent mirage. Across town in the Tri-Cities, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, …


Hanford: is anybody watching?

(Second of five parts) Money has always come easily for Hanford. When Gen. Leslie Groves built the first atomic bomb there in 1944, his first check from the U.S. Treasury …


The nuclear mess at Hanford

Hanford is one of 17 large nuclear weapons plants in the country. Most of the approximately 75 tons of plutonium made there went to the stockpile of nuclear warheads during …


Hanford: will it ever be clean?

Imagine a giant tank brimming with enough deadly radioactive goo to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Now picture 177 of those tanks, all buried underground, some leaking their contents into …


River of money at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Billions of U.S. tax dollars wind like the Columbia River through the Tri-Cities before soaking into the desert sand. This flood of federal cash is supposed to clean up Hanford’s …


Hanford timeline

Hanford timeline