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Visitors listen to guide Rick Bond as they stand before the front face of the plutonium reactor at the Hanford site on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. The B Reactor was the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. (Amanda Snyder/Crosscut)

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Hanford Turns its Nuclear Past into a Tourist Destination

The spot where the U.S. processed plutonium to fuel WWII bombs is Eastern Washington's newest attraction

Built in 1943 and 1944 and shut down since 1968, the Manhattan Project B Reactor is now a tourist attraction in Eastern Washington