A group of Washington state leaders wearing hard hats and pose for a picture inside a facility building

Elected leaders from Washington state, pictured here, were among the more than 750 guests who took part in the Hanford Site’s tour program last year.

RICHLAND, Wash. — Last year turned out to be a banner year for the Hanford Site’s tour program, as more than 750 guests visited the site.

They included U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, elected leaders from Washington state and Oregon, congressional staffers and National Governors Association Federal Facilities Task Force members.

There were 92 in-person site tours in 2023 conducted by DOE and Hanford’s prime contractors. The tours offer elected leaders, stakeholders and community members an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the historic cleanup progress underway.

While physical site tours are not open to the public, the Hanford virtual tour website continues to be a success. In 2023 there were 21,797 visitors to the virtual tour website, with 886,342 page views. The immersive virtual experience allows viewers to explore more than 20 Hanford projects, discover over 40 viewable map locations, access internal views of select facilities, and gain up-close views of Hanford locations, some never before seen on a Hanford public cleanup tour. The virtual tour is one of the ways Hanford increases public awareness of its cleanup mission and boosts public engagement.