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K East Reactor stack taken down

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HANFORD, Wash. - As crews work on demolishing the K East Reactor stack on the Hanford site they're also cleaning up the mess it leaves behind.

The exhaust stack was built in the 1950's during a cold war buildup of plutonium production and used to support U.S. defense. The demolition cost about $420,000 and was funded with stimulus money. Staff say this cleanup is very important for the whole community.

"You get a little of that emotion going through on something like this, but it's a good feeling too. We are progressing forward and actually cleaning up and making sure that our kids will have an even more safe place," said Joe Franco, assistant manager for the River Corridor.

The exhaust stack was more than 175 feet high and was in use until 1971.