The Hanford site represents two-thirds of America's high-level radioactive waste by volume. Posted by Ephraim Payne Unexpected Environments. Hanford, on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington State, is the site where the United States produced the majority of its plutonium for nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Hanford has roughly 56-million-gallons of the deadly radioactive sludge on its site. Hanford Nuclear Waste Disaster 53 million gallons of high-level nuclear waste from decades of plutonium production have been stored in 177 underground tanks Hanford has been storing nuclear waste since WW2 Over 1200 people were evacuated from their homes for the making of the Hanford: A Nuclear Disaster In Slow Motion. The N Reactor is in the foreground, with the twin KE and KW Reactors in … Nuclear reactors line the riverbank at the Hanford Site along the Columbia River in January 1960. Hanford’s ultimate triumph came with the nuclear explosion above Japan in August 1945, effectively ending World War II. Cold War Era . We are broadcasting from Washington State, where the Department of Energy declared a state of emergency at the Hanford nuclear site after a tunnel storing contaminated radioactive materials collapsed. 10. Post World War II tensions between the U.S. and Russia brought about the “Cold War” and drove continued atomic weapons production and Hanford’s plutonium production mission. The Hanford Site, in Washington, was an integral part of the US atomic bomb project, manufacturing plutonium for the first nuclear bomb and “Fat Man,” used at Nagasaki. Hanford, USA. It’s been 80-years since Hanford started producing plutonium for nuclear weapons and atomic bombs, and while the facility stopped production more than 30-years ago, no technology has appeared on the horizon capable of cleaning up or containing the waste. This image of the SL-1 core served as a reminder of the necessity for proper reactor practice and safeguards. As the Cold War waged on, it ramped up production, supplying plutonium for most of America’s 60,000 nuclear weapons. Hanford is the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site. A version of this article first ran in the December 2010 edition of the Oregon Insider, a private monthly digest of environmental management and regulatory news.With Hanford in the news this month for a newly reported single-shell container leak, it seems appropriate to publish an updated … Hanford site, or ‘The Apocalypse Factory,’ fueled Manhattan Project -- and environmental disaster in Northwest Posted Aug 02, 2020 A control panel for a nuclear reactor at Hanford in 1981. The collapse, which was discovered Tuesday, forced hundreds of workers to take cover to avoid potential exposure. Nuclear reactors line the riverbank at the Hanford Site along the Columbia River in January 1960.