Oregon Public Broadcasting’s new documentary on the history of the Hanford nuclear reservation airs at 7 and 9 p.m. Monday on KTNW and KWSU.
The documentary makes good use of historic photos and film to tell the site’s story, starting with the eviction of farmers, business owners and native Americans to make way for the secret complex during World War II.
“It was the biggest, most highly classified project of Word War II,” says historian Michele Gerber at the start of the film. “It was more classified than the Normandy invasion.”
Hanford produced nearly two-thirds of the nation’s plutonium for weapons use, starting during World War II as the United States raced to produce an atomic weapon before Germany did.