THE HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION is located on 565-square-miles of desert in southeastern Washington State near the Tri-Cities of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick. For more than forty years, Hanford released radioactive contamination into the environment while producing plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War era. Although the majority of the releases were due to activities related to production, some were also planned and intentional. BEGIN PROGRAM >>
- BACKGROUND outlines Hanford's Manhattan Project plutonium production activities including secret radiation experiments.
- RELEASES details Hanford's atmospheric, ground, and Columbia River radioactive releases plus the controversial Green Run experiment.
- REPERCUSSIONS focuses on the aftermath of Hanford's plutonium production activities affecting Downwinders, Native Americans, and the surrounding environment.