Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Washington: Historic Nuclear B Reactor
- US Dept of Energy Reservation Rd, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, WA
- B Reactor is a half-mile south of the Columbia River on Hwy 24, then four miles east on a government access road. But you can't drive there. Instead, go to www.hanford.gov, click on "Site Tours," and reserve seats (two maximum) for the bus tour, which lasts up to five hours. No security clearance is needed for the B Reactor tour, but it's required for the longer Hanford Site tour. Tours are forbidden to children under 18 and non-U.S. citizens. You must wear pants, a shirt with sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Tours depart from the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center, 2890 Horn Rapids Rd, Richland, WA.
- Tours by advance reservation, April through September.
- RA Rates:
- Major Fun
Visitors walk respectfully through the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor -- at least in the tour areas where the radiation has been removed or "entombed." Roadsideamerica.com Report... [08/30/2009]
B Reactor: Scientist Enrico Fermi was a superstar of nuclear physics. He was the genius who helped to build the first atomic pile in 1939, and who later oversaw the construction of the B Reactor outside of Richland, Washington. [08/30/2009] Complete Story...
Historic B Nuclear Reactor: Richland, Washington, has always been proud of its "Hanford Site," a formerly top secret military area where most of America's nuclear bomb plutonium was made. But there was never much for tourists to see, since much of Hanford is still radioactive and off-limits. [08/27/2008] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Historic Nuclear B Reactor
In the past the Nuclear B Reactor tour has been almost impossible to book, even within an hour of the tickets becoming available! Still trying after a number of years.[Redgreen, 02/16/2012]