Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Energy have met a legal deadline to have most of the waste sites near Hanford's F Reactor cleaned up, including digging up carcasses of animals used for radiation exposure research.
"The 100 F Area is almost finished," said Rod Lobos, an environmental engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency, the regulator for the work. "We're very happy with the progress."
F Reactor operated from 1945 to 1965 as one of nine Hanford reactors to produce plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program. Also near F Reactor was a laboratory and an animal farm used through the early years of the Cold War for research on radiation exposure on plants and animals.
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