RICHLAND, Wash. - Seattle Met Magazine has named the Hanford Site Public Tour Program a Northwest Travel Award Winner. Here's the entire press release from the Tri-City Visitor and Convention Bureau announcing the award.
Seattle Met Magazine Names Hanford Site Public Tour Program as Northwest Travel Award Winner Tour hailed as one of Seattle Met's best places to visit in the Pacific Northwest
RICHLAND, Wash. ¯ The Department of Energy's (DOE) Richland Operations Office and their Hanford Public Tour program has been honored with a 2012 Northwest Travel Award from Seattle Met magazine. Mission Support Alliance, Hanford's Mission Services prime contractor, manages the public tour program on behalf of DOE.
After touring the Northwest, which included Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, the magazine's travel editor selected the best of the Pacific Northwest's hotels, destination dining, cultural activities, outdoor meccas, tours, travel services and transportation to receive an award.
"We are very pleased that Seattle Met has recognized the Hanford Nuclear Reservation with this travel award. Heritage and Eco-Tourism is one of the fastest growing segments in the tourism industry, said Kris Watkins, President and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau." "The Hanford story is of significant importance to our local and national history and we congratulate the Department of Energy for their commitment to educating the public through their well-managed tours of the B Reactor and the Hanford project."
In 2012, thousands of U.S. citizens from around the nation learned about the Hanford Site, its history and cleanup progress during the DOE public tour season that operates April through September.
Highlights of the tour include stops to learn how technology being used the Cold Test Facility is helping clean tanks at Hanford and visiting the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility to witness how low-level hazardous waste is disposed of on the Hanford Site. Some favorite tour stops are seeing progress firsthand taking place at the Waste Treatment Plant, one of the largest construction projects in the world, and touring the B Reactor, which was the first full-scale nuclear plant in the world.