2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 18:19:10 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE, RADIATION: Hanford's (WA) Plutonium Finishing Plant
Ex-high security plutonium plant open to guests

As printed in the Tacoma News Tribune
December 18, 2009

A tall double fence topped with loops of lethal razor wire still surrounds key portions of Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant. But guards toting automatic weapons are gone. The X-ray machines and metal detectors more powerful than those used at airports have been ripped out of the building's entrance.

And there's no one left behind the thick bullet-proof glass of the security center keeping an eye on those arriving at the plant. Instead, the glass has been plastered with stick-on Christmas decorations.

Until recently the Plutonium Finishing Plant was one of the most secure places in the nation, said Matt McCormick, Department of Energy assistant manager for central Hanford.


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