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Hanford B Reactor Could Become National Historic Landmark

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The sold-out Hanford tours started on April 2nd., and of course one of the highlights is the historic B Reactor.

It produced plutonium for the first atomic explosion and played a key role in ending World War II. To make sure this site continues to get recognized just yesterday Republican Congressman Doc Hastings sent a letter to the Secretary of Interior to try to make this a national historic landmark.

A site many in our state are driving the distance to see.

"I've been trying to get on this tour for about 2 years now, and I managed to sneak on it at midnight and got on it, and it's a real interesting tour I'd love to do it again," said Lavon Weighall, who drove from Seattle to take the tour.

One of the women we talked to on the tour says she used to work at Hanford back in the 1940's, and was returning to the site for the first time since then.

All tours for the months of July, August and September are sold out. But Hanford staff says to check the web site often because spots could open up.