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Hanford T-Plant Tours Open for First Time

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HANFORD, Wash. - The Department of Energy has agreed to give people access to a part of the Hanford site that the public has never seen before.

This October marks 70 years since breaking ground on the B Reactor. To celebrate, people will be able to tour the T-Plant for the first time.
The T Plant was known in 1943 for being its first chemical processing and separations plant of its kind in the world. Now, the T Plant is a decontamination and repair facility.

"The reason that they've never done tours is it's still operational. It was used during World War 2 to process plutonium. Obviously its not doing that any more, but its still a functioning building and there's still people working there," said Hanford History Partnership Coordinator Anneke Rachinski.

The tours will only be happening during the month of October. A plutonium pass costs $70. It includes transportation to the T Plant and B Reactor, tours of the two areas, a self guided walking tour through the government homes and more. 

Only 135 people can sign up for each weekend. To find out more about signing up, visit OurHanfordHistory.org.