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Nuclear weapons site to be tourist destination

Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-20 13:14:54-05

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — The most polluted U.S. nuclear weapons production site is now the newest national park.

Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world's first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Seattle in south-central Washington state.

They won't be allowed anywhere near the nation's largest collection of toxic radioactive waste.

At Hanford, the main attractions will be B Reactor along with the ghost towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, which were evacuated by the government to make room for the Manhattan Project.

The Manhattan Project is the name for the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb during World War II.