A Department of Energy report recommends that the K East Reactor on the Hanford nuclear reservation be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford's other reactors.
DOE will take public comment for 30 days before making a final decision on whether to tear down the reactor or cocoon it. The Environmental Protection Agency, the regulator on the project, agrees with the report's conclusion. The K East Reactor is 400 yards from the Columbia River.
Hanford's nine former nuclear reactors produced plutonium for nuclear weapons from 1944 to 1987. The reservation is now undergoing an enormous environmental cleanup.
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