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You can sign up for a tour of Hanford nuclear site beginning March 4

hanfordtanksRICHLAND, Wash. — On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that at least six tanks at the Hanford nuclear facility are leaking — not just one tank as was initially reported — and on Monday, the Department of Energy released its annual invitation for the public to sign up to take a tour of the site.

Online registration for the 2013 tours begins March 4 at 6 p.m. and includes a driving tour with stops at the National Historic Landmark B Reactor, Cold Test Facility, Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility and the Plutonium Finishing Plant. There is no mention in the press release of the six leaking tanks or any danger it could potentially pose to visitors.

Anyone interested in touring the facility must be at least 18 years old and reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

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3 comments

  • Washoe

    I toured that place in 1970 with my physics class from Walla Walla College. They were busy making plutonium for the cold war. A very toxic place.

  • WAhugh

    I've been on several tours of the site. There are no risks to the public. You really can't understand the Hanford until you see it for yourself. People who hear these news reports may make assumptions that aren't true.