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Hanford earns place in nation’s history

RICHLAND – Historic, rural communities such as White Bluffs and Hanford became household names thanks to the arrival of the Manhattan Project. Seemingly overnight, small towns became bustling beehives of activity for the nation’s nuclear build-up. This week in Washington D.C., an agreement was reached ensuring locations in and around the Hanford site will be preserved as national historic parks. Thanks to the federal Department of Energy, a photographic history of Hanford’s legacy is also preserved for current and future generations.

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One legacy of the Manhattan Project at Hanford is disposal of radioactive materials. Pictured is rebar being lifted for work on a waste treatment plant at Hanford. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

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Part of the ongoing work at Hanford is removing buildings used in the Manhattan Project. Pictured is the 2009 demolition of Hanford’s N Reactor.

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The control room of the B Reactor gives visitors a glimpse of what it was like to work inside the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor.

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Former Hanford employee Norm Miller shares what it was like working at the B Reactor’s control room during a 2008 visit with Acting Deputy Secretary of Energy Jeffrey F. Kupter, right, and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, center.

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Pictured in 1944 is construction of the B Reactor at Hanford, the world’s first full-scale reactor.

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Before the Manhattan Project, one of the landmarks in the Hanford area was the White Bluffs High School building, pictured as it was destroyed by a fire in 1942.

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