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First Wave of B-Reactor Tours Start Up

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RICHLAND, Wash--  Nearly 80 people hopped onboard for this year's first round of tours at Hanford, but this one was a little different; it was just a tour of the B-Reactor.

That means tourists get an extra hour or so to spend at the B-Reactor.  This tour was roughly half as long as the previous Hanford site tours.  But that doesn't mean it was half as enjoyable; in fact, a number of people we spoke with after the tour say they're amazed we have such rich history right in our back yard, including one man who's father worked there for almost five decades.
"Now all the old stories that you hear throughout your life, kind of comes back and now I can say 'oh, I understand now,' says Mike Birge.

"I think what impressed me the most was having that many people go out there and from start to finish it only took 13 months to have it online and working," adds Kathy Holloway.  "It's just unreal."

There are over a dozen more Saturday tours of just the B-Reactor that are running through the summer, and there's an additional 60 tours of the entire Hanford site in that same period.  Representatives say they expect over 2,500 visitors this year.