The Department of Energy has released its fifth chapter of The Hanford Story video series, covering potential future uses of the nuclear reservation as environmental cleanup is completed in stages.
The series, posted on YouTube, was created to provide information about Hanford in short videos that the public can readily understand.
The latest chapter, which is about eight minutes long, looks at plans for Hanford as the 586-square-mile nuclear reservation shrinks to less than 10 square miles at its center that will continue to be required for nuclear waste activities and disposal.
The video envisions land where visitors can fish, kayak and hike, as they already do in the portion of Hanford never used for nuclear weapons production, and the tribes could practice cultural traditions. The site's history would be showcased, from the buildings left by settlers when land was appropriated by the federal government during World War II to the historic B Reactor.
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A limited amount of land also would be set aside for industrial development, including an energy park near Richland.
The video can be watched at bit.ly/zWHojZ. It also will be shown by the Hanford Site Speakers Bureau. To contact the bureau, call 376-3419.