Mon Oct 1, 2007 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. at the HAMMER training center
Registration is online only and begins promptly at 12 noon on Oct. 1 for the Oct. 24th & 25th tours. Registration for the Oct. 31 and Nov.1 tours begins at noon on Oct. 2, 2007. Tour slots fill up quickly and previous tours filled up within a few min. after the start of registration. The four-hour, guided bus tours behind security gates include a look at the original Hanford town site; Hanford's 300 Area, where fuel was manufactured; the 100 Area, where nine production reactors operated along the Columbia River; central Hanford where the irradiated fuel was processed to recover plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program; and the $12.2 billion vitrification plant under conctruction to treat World War II and Cold War radioactive waste. The highlight of the tour is a rare look inside B reactor; the world's first production-scale reactor. The tour starts at the HAMMER training center, with life-size props for hazardous materials and emergency training. It's at 2890 Horn Rapids Road, Richland. The tours start at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. each of the six days.