|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:17:03 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Hanford Reservation (WA) nuclear tourism|
In Hanford, Wash., the country's most polluted nuclear reactor site
The scenic Columbia River and its wildlife attract visitors while a
$2-billion-a-year cleanup of the area continues.
By Hugo Martin Los Angeles Times August 12, 2008HANFORD, WASH. - A platoon of double-crested cormorants took flight from the eastern shore of the Columbia River, skimming the sun-sparkled surface as two slender white egrets stood in the nearby shallows, hunting small fish hiding in the reeds.
Twenty kayakers, mostly tourists from the Pacific Northwest, paddled along, letting the steady current do most of the work. They coasted past mule deer grazing on the shore, coyotes stalking the sandy beaches and cliff swallows buzzing the nearby white bluffs.
But the main attraction was on the western shore: several bland, industrial-gray structures and towering smoke stacks, a collection of buildings that gave birth to America's atomic age.
Welcome to the Hanford Reach, where one of the last free-flowing stretches of the Columbia River encounters America's most contaminated nuclear site. Along this flat, mostly treeless scrubland, the U.S. government built nine reactors between 1943 and 1963, including the historic "B" plant that produced the world's first weapons-grade plutonium for the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II.
... For the entire article, see http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-trw-hanford13-2008aug13,0,77210.story -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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