F-Area Reactor Site Cleaned Up
Washington Closure Hanford announces the complete cleanup of the F Area, the first site to seal up the reactor and all of the associated buildings and waste sites.
A couple dozen Hanford Employees gathered for the announcement Wednesday morning in the F Area.
Six other reactors have been sealed up, but this is the first time a whole area has been totally cleared.
Matt McCormick, Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office, said this is a significant milestone, and a step in the right direction in returning the area to its previous state.
"This is what it looked like before Hanford was here," McCormick said. "That's what we're really focused on is restoring and returning this area...to conserve and preserve those natural and cultural resources that are crucial here in the northwest."
The only building left standing on the two-square mile site is the actual reactor, which will likely remain in the spot for the next 90 years as the reactor decays.
Six of the other reactors have been sealed up, or cocooned, but the associated sites have not been cleaned up.
The next step in the project is to completely clean up those sites.