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Fifth Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public: Chapter Dedicated to Potential Future Uses of the Hanford Site

March 8, 2012 - 12:00pm


RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is releasing the fifth chapter of The Hanford Story
video series to the public today. "Future" offers perspectives and ideas for potential uses of the government’s former plutonium production site in southeast Washington State as environmental cleanup is completed.

From land use plans and preservation to economic development and tourism opportunities, the Future chapter touches on a variety of local economic, cultural and environmental perspectives. The video features representatives of the Wanapum Band of Indians, the State of Oregon, and the Tri-City Development Council.

The Department has added the video to a page on its website dedicated to the Hanford Story as well as its YouTube channel at

The Hanford Story is a multimedia presentation that provides an overview of the Hanford Site—its
history, today’s cleanup activities, and a glimpse into the possibilities of future uses of the 586-squaremile government site in southeast Washington State. The Department of Energy is delivering The Hanford Story in a series of video-based chapters dedicated to telling the multi-faceted story of the site, including:

  • The history of producing plutonium
  • Impacts to the environment resulting from producing plutonium
  • Progress being made in cleanup of the site
  • Innovative technologies and solutions being used in cleanup activities
  • Future uses of the Hanford Site

Representatives of the Department of Energy and its contractors are available to show the video to groups and answer questions. To request a speaker or kiosk visit to your location, contact our Hanford Site Speakers Bureau on the Hanford website, by email at, or by calling (509) 376-6968.