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B - Reactor one step closer to being tourist attraction

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HANFORD, Wash. -- The B- reactor on the Hanford site is a step closer to becoming a tourist attraction.

The facility was responsible for converting uranium to plutonium to produce atomic bombs during World War II.

Congressman Doc Hastings is creating legislation that would make it part of the national park system, and he says that could mean a financial boost to the area, "how many people want to see this site, boy if you extrapolate that in the future when you really start marketing this, I think this could be pretty significant."

Former reactor worker Larry Denton hopes what he and others did at the facility will be exposed to even more people, "this is a beautiful example of what engineering can do. A gigantic page in our history book."

In addition to tourist spending more money, supporters say they can also learn from the reactors history.