Tourists can soon visit world's first full-sized nuclear reactor in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site is now its newest national park.

Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world's first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles east of Seattle in south-central Washington.

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They won't be allowed anywhere near the nation's largest collection of toxic radioactive waste.

At Hanford, the main attractions will be B Reactor -- the world's first full-sized reactor -- along with the ghost towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, which were evacuated by the government to make room for the Manhattan Project.

The Manhattan Project is the name for the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb during World War II.



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