Events planned throughout month to mark B Reactor 70th anniversary

By the Herald staffOctober 5, 2013 

Events are planned each weekend this month to mark the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project and Hanford’s role in the start of the atomic age.

Bus tours

Weekend tours will be offered through October of Hanford's T Plant, which rarely is open to the public, and B Reactor.

Lecture series

A lecture series will open today with “Fish, Pigs, Dogs and Plutonium — Hanford Biologists and the Atomic Bomb” by Bill Bair, former manager of the Life Sciences Center at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Bair, a biological scientist who went to work at Hanford in 1954, was a leader in research programs that helped set standards for human protection from radiation.

A reception is planned at 3 p.m. and the lecture at 4 p.m. at Richland Public Library. Tickets cost $10 at the door and are limited.

On Oct. 12 a science writer and a poet, both with Tri-City roots, will speak. Hill Williams, a retired Seattle Times science reporter and author of “Made in Hanford — The Bomb that Changed the World”, will speak. Kathleen Flenniken provides a more emotional perspective of Hanford in her book of poetry “Plume”.

Bruce Hevly, University of Washington co-author of Atomic Frontier Days, speaks Oct. 19, and Richard Rhodes, author of “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, speaks Oct. 26.

The Oct. 12, 19 and 26 lectures will be at 7 p.m. at the Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway.


Tickets for the lectures, other than today’s talk, are expected to be available online starting this weekend and cost $10 each.

Tickets for the bus tours to B Reactor and T Plant are part of a $70 Plutonium Pass ticket, which also includes one or more lectures and other benefits. Go to and look for a link at the top of the page.

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