Jesse Tinsley - The Spokesman-Review
The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for years produced nuclear material for atomic weapons, including the bomb used at Nagasaki, Japan, is now open to visitors. Over the past few years, the clean up and demolition of the buildings has slowed and the Department of Energy is allowing tours of the historic plutonium B Reactor. Hanford is now one of three sites that make up the Manhattan Project Historical Park. The other two sites are in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Visitors can wander around the world's first plutonium production reactor which is now decommissioned and safe to view. A new tour has been added to share the history of the rural people evicted from the wide expanse of sagebrush country in 1943 so that the government could turn 640 square miles into a nuclear engineering project of unprecedented size and scope.
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