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72. The B Plant Reprocessing Canyon

This was the world's fist large-scale reprocessing facility. It chopped up irradiated fuel rods form the Hanford B-Reactor, dissolved them in acid, and recovered their plutonium for use in the Nagasaki bomb. Today the B Plant houses the Waste Encapsulation Storage Facility, which packages cesium-137 in metal capsules for use in America's commercial food irradiation industry. 200 W Area, Hanford Reservation, Richland, Washington. November 15, 1984.

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