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Dozens of people visit Hanford site

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NEAR RICHLAND, Wash.--Dozens of people visited Hanford Wednesday. Every year about 2,000 people sign up to check out the nuclear waste cleanup site.

Visitors got to see all the different cleanup plans taking place. Especially the improvements that are being made on the river shore cleanup along the Columbia River.

Michele Gerber of the Washington River Protection Solutions says "when you go out on the Hanford site there is a lot of visible progress. Buildings are down, they're gone from the landscape. Machines are digging into the ground underneath those buildings so that is a huge change for those of us who worked there and have seen those buildings day after day for years."

Riverside waste cleanup is on track and should be done by 2015. Right now there are 9 reactors on site, 5 of which have been cocooned.

While tours may be filled up for now, Hanford tour staff say to check their website for any open spaces because people tend to cancel last minute. Tours at Hanford run from April through September.