18 December 2009

Hanford plutonium finishing plant ready for demolition

Thursday, December 17, 2009, marked the first time the plutonium finishing plant at Hanford was open those without high security clearance.  Media, community leaders and plant employees were invited inside to look at the plutonium storage vaults and celebrate the finalization of shipping the high-security materials from the plant.  Until now, this plant was one of the most secure sites in the entire United States.

2/3 of the plutonium for the US's nuclear arsenal during the Cold War passed through the finishing plant, which is now slated for demoltion.  The plutonium discs, the size of hockey pucks, were stored in canisters the size of coffee cans in a giant rack inside the plant.  Read the full Tri-City Herald article here.

1 comment:

  1. Man, it's cold here! I would like to take some for heating. You can trap the radiation easily and have a very cheap and very powerful heating, many hundred thousand times more powerful than coal or oil!