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Remember The Atomic Bomb

Ross Reynolds
04/09/2001 at 1:00 p.m.

Today on The Conversation, the status of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and what should be done with it.

Today the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is known for having the nation’s greatest concentration of nuclear waste, some in underground tanks that are leaking. But Hanford began life as a top secret factory for the Manhattan project to create the world’s first atomic bomb. Nuclear fuel made at Hanford was used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Nearly 74 thousand people died. Over 75 thousand people were injured. Hanford and other facilities key to the Manhattan Project are now subject of a preservation effort. Some historians want to open Hanford to tourists in the future, so they can see how the atomic bomb was created. Should Hanford be a landmark? How should the site be preserved?
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