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The Unintended Consequences of Hanford: Clean-Up Nightmare

  • Anacortes Public Library 1220 10th Street Anacortes, WA, 98221 (map)

Join No More Bombs in Anacortes for a presentation and discussion on Hanford
During WWII, the United States prioritized the construction of nuclear bombs. Unfortunately, the decision makers in charge of developing these weapons did not prioritize the safe long term storage of the vast quantities of radioactive waste that would be generated during the manufacture of these bombs. The waste products were simply vented to the atmosphere, pumped into storage tanks, or simply distributed into the ground. Specifically, Hanford is storing 56,000,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste in 177 underground tanks and more than 1/3 of them have leaked. This summer four Skagit County residents toured the Hanford facility and will report on that they saw and present information detailing the progress (or lack of progress) on cleaning up this disaster.

BACKGROUND: In 1943 Hanford was chosen as part of the Manhattan Project to create plutonium used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. The B Reactor at Hanford was the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world and is now a National Historic Park along with Oak Ridge and Los Alamos. Contact for more information.