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Hanford, Oregon's Nuclear Neighbor   

A few miles north of the central Oregon border on the Columbia River, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is home to the world’s largest and most complex environmental cleanup. This online Zoom course will trace the history of Hanford from the Manhattan Project featured in the movie “Oppenheimer,” through the expansion of plutonium production during the Cold War, and finally, to the shutdown of the nuclear reactors and the site’s transition to environmental remediation. The legacy of Hanford includes vast quantities of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste stored in 177 underground storage tanks, and many square miles of contaminated soil and groundwater. The course is intended for individuals intrigued by the history and science of America’s nuclear weapons program, as well as those concerned about its lasting effects on the Columbia River and the communities downstream and downwind of the world’s most costly environmental cleanup.

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