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Hanford Tours Quickly Fill Despite Leaking Tanks

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Talks of leaking tanks and sequestration are not affecting the popularity of the summer's Hanford tours.

Registration became available online at 6 PM Monday and all 40 tours and 1,700 spots were filled by 8:30 Tuesday morning.

The free tour includes visiting the Vit Plant, B Reactor, waste treatment plants, and tank farms.

Although it did take more time than last year to fill up, Hanford still generates a lot of interest across the country and around the world.

"In previous years, we've had all 50 states try to get on a tour around here. It's very very popular. And I think a lot of it has to do with all the secrecy that used to surround the site. Now there's people who simply want to see what they're getting for their tax dollars. And you can hear about it, you can read about it, but until you actually go out and see it, it's a whole different story," said DOE Tour Manager, Rich Buel.

The four hour tours run April through September.

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