A shear started tearing apart the Plutonium Finishing Plant Tuesday. The building, which includes more than 220,000 square feet and sections up to six stories high, was used to help produce almost two-thirds of the nation’s weapons plutonium during the Cold War.
A shear started tearing apart the Plutonium Finishing Plant Tuesday. The building, which includes more than 220,000 square feet and sections up to six stories high, was used to help produce almost two-thirds of the nation’s weapons plutonium during the Cold War. Courtesy DOE
A shear started tearing apart the Plutonium Finishing Plant Tuesday. The building, which includes more than 220,000 square feet and sections up to six stories high, was used to help produce almost two-thirds of the nation’s weapons plutonium during the Cold War. Courtesy DOE

After 20 years, Hanford plutonium plant starts to fall

November 01, 2016 06:57 PM

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