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Where is Hanford Headed?

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On the 70th anniversary of Hanford's Manhattan Project, some are wondering what the future holds the site.

One strong possibility is the idea that Hanford's B-reactor could become part of a national historic park. The park could protect the B-reactor from being destroyed, and draw thousands more tourists to the region.

While no official decision has been made on the national park status, other changes are in the works for some of the land that Hanford sits on.

Leaders at TRIDEC want to make sure it can continue to be utilized in several different ways.

"TRIDEC has requested 1641 acres of Hanford be transferred to TRIDEC and the community so we can develop new economy engines for that site. For an energy park, manufacturing, and those types of things," said TRIDEC Vice President Gary Petersen.

Governor Chris Gregoire supports the addition of a small modular nuclear reactor on the site. The reactor would provide energy to the VIT plant and maybe even PNNL. A decision could be made on that proposal by September.

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