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B-Reactor Preservation at Heart of More Tours

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Another round of public tours of the Hanford site started Wednesday.

The Department of Energy has increased the number of tours this year in an effort to attract attention to the historic B-Reactor.

Historians want to preserve the reactor as a museum or national monument and hope tours will increase the public's interest in the effort.

"This is where the fuel, the plutonium, the fuel would come in and then they would take it to the 200 area and separate the plutonium, this is where the bombs were made, this is the stuff the bombs were made of," said Debbie Poteet, a radiation control technician.

Current cleanup plans call for cocooning the B-Reactor before developing a plan to tear it down.