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April 10, 2018

Hanford plant demolition shut down over radiation

  • The Energy Department, which owns Hanford, has launched an independent investigation into the spread of radiation at the plant.
    Associated Press

    SPOKANE — Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal.

    Dozens of workers demolishing a plutonium processing plant from the 1940s have inhaled or ingested radioactive particles in the past year, and even carried some of that radiation into their vehicles, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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