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Hanford Tours Generate National Appeal

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HANFORD SITE.,--Melvin Hudson punched his ticket to one of 246 total spots available to the public for a tour of Hanford. Unlike many riders, Hudson's spent this year touring other nuclear sites around the country. Hanford was stop number three.

"I wanted to make almost all of the main sites this year," said Hudson. So, in April, the Saturday before Easter, we went to the Trinity site."

B Reactor, decommissioned in 1987 from making Plutonium, was the highlight of the tour. Tour official and former Hanford engineer, Steve Buckingham, explains how the Reactor was cooled.

"The water was then pumped from our storage reservoirs up both sides of the Reactor, then in cross headers across the Reactor," according to Buckingham."

During full production, it would take six months to produce just five pounds of Plutonium. That's how little is needed for an Atomic Bomb. The experience was overwhelming for Hudson.

"It was just amazing to be inside a Reactor that I had read so much about and looked at pictures on the Internet and pulled off information about it," mentioned Hudson. It's just amazing to see the things that was actually accomplished."

According to Melvin's wife, Liverne, he is quite the history buff.

He's always been interested in World War II history. Since we've gotten on the Internet and he can explore to his hearts desire, i never have to wonder where he is," exclaimed Liverne Hudson."