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Energy Department plans twice as many Hanford tours this year

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Associated Press - March 13, 2008 9:25 AM ET

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Energy Department officials have announced plans for twice as many bus tours this year at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Registration for all 48 tours this year is opening at 12 a.m. Monday, and only online reservations are being accepted.

An Energy Department spokesman, Rich Buel, says the early morning start is intended to ease pressure on the computer server. In recent years the Hanford tours have filled within minutes of the opening of registration.

The tours include a look inside the historic B Reactor. The first tours are on April 2, 3, 23, 24, 29 and 30. The reactor is being closed after that for roof repairs, and the rest of the tours are scheduled for July 30 and 31; Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28; and Sept. 2, 3, 24 and 25.

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