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Title: History of Hanford Site Defense Production (Brief)

This paper acquaints the audience with the history of the Hanford Site, America's first full-scale defense plutonium production site. The paper includes the founding and basic operating history of the Hanford Site, including World War II construction and operations, three major postwar expansions (1947-55), the peak years of production (1956-63), production phase downs (1964-the present), a brief production spurt from 1984-86, the end of the Cold War, and the beginning of the waste cleanup mission. The paper also delineates historical waste practices and policies as they changed over the years at the Hanford Site, past efforts to chemically treat, ''fractionate,'' and/or immobilize Hanford's wastes, and resulting major waste legacies that remain today. This paper presents original, primary-source research into the waste history of the Hanford Site. Finally, the paper places the current Hanford Site waste remediation endeavors in the broad context of American and world history.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
805998
Report Number(s):
HNF-5041-FP, Rev.0
TRN: US0301044
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-96RL13200
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Feb 2001; Related Information: Replaced URL (broken link) with digital image (.pdf) GE Bratton 02-26-2015
Research Org:
FH (US); Hanford Site (HNF), Richland, WA (United States); Albany Research Center (ARC), Albany, OR (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; PLUTONIUM; HANFORD RESERVATION; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; HANFORD PRODUCTION REACTORS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; REMEDIAL ACTION