The Hanford Site in southeast Washington is the location of the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor, the only free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River in the United States, and a $2 billion per year federal cleanup project.
In producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, reactors and processing facilities at Hanford generated millions of gallons of high-level radioactive and chemical waste and millions of tons of low-level waste. Three government agencies and more than 8,000 workers now cooperate to address the environmental problems associated with these wastes and ensure the safety of the surrounding region.
In addition to information about Hanford history and cleanup, you will find video interviews with government representatives, links to other online resources, and a simple form for educators to connect with HanfordLearning.org for assistance with creating tailored lesson material.
HanfordLearning.org was founded to create nonpartisan, high-quality educational materials and facilitate experiential learning about Hanford for Washington students. We are funded by a Public Participation Grant through the Washington State Department of Ecology.
HanfordLearning.org invites you to join us over Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend at two events celebrating local passions: the outdoors and wine! We will have informative displays and staff available at the Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show and at Kiona Vineyards and Winery. Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show The Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show features a kid’s fishing pond, a […]
It was an exciting fall on the Columbia River’s Hanford Reach for salmon anglers and HanfordLearning.org staffers alike. Anglers caught record numbers of Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon on The Reach in 2014, and HanfordLearning.org caught lots of the action on film for an upcoming video chronicling the importance of Hanford Reach salmon to local […]