RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will open online registration on March 4 at 6 p.m. for tours of the Hanford Site in 2013. This driving tour of the site includes stops at the B Reactor National Historic Landmark, Cold Test Facility, Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility and the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
All tour slots are filled on a first-come first served basis through the online registration system found on the Hanford website http://www5.hanford.gov/publictours/. Tour participants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age.
Tours begin and end at the B Reactor Tour Headquarters at 2000 Logston Blvd. in Richland, off Hwy. 240 and will last approximately four hours. There is no cost to participate.
Tour Dates and Times
Hanford’s site-wide tours begin at 8 a.m. on the following dates: April 9, 10, and 11; May 7, 8, 9, 21*, 22* and 23*; June 4, 5, 6, 18* and 19*; July 30* and 31*; August 1*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 27*, 28* and 29*; and September 10, 11 and 12.
*Denotes tour dates with a 10 a.m. tour in addition to the 8 a.m. tour
B Reactor-only Tours
DOE will also offer longer, more detailed tours of the B Reactor National Historic Landmark this year. Registration information on these tours will be announced soon.
Cleanup at Hanford
On the 586-square-mile Hanford Site, DOE is protecting the Columbia River by cleaning up waste sites, treating contaminated groundwater and demolishing contaminated facilities. DOE is working to reduce the active cleanup footprint to 75 square miles by 2015 and then shift its emphasis and resources to full-scale cleanup of the site’s Central Plateau located at the center of the site.