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B Reactor
 
B Reactor
 
There were no moving parts inside the B Reactor, and the only sounds that could be heard during the reactor’s operation were the movements of millions of gallons of Columbia River water rushing through the reactor to cool it. The reactor also didn’t need many people to operate it, so a typical crew numbered less than twenty.
 
There were no moving parts inside the B Reactor, and the only sounds that could be heard during the reactor’s operation were the movements of millions of gallons of Columbia River water rushing through the reactor to cool it. The reactor also didn’t need many people to operate it, so a typical crew numbered less than twenty.
 
 
The B Reactor produced plutonium for more than twenty years. It was shut down in February,1968, and was later scheduled to be “cocooned” like the other reactors at Hanford. (Cocooning is a process by which the reactor core is encased in a concrete shell for 75 years to allow the radioactivity to decay away.) However, in August 2008, the United States Department of the Interior designated the B Reactor as a National Historic Landmark.
 
The B Reactor produced plutonium for more than twenty years. It was shut down in February,1968, and was later scheduled to be “cocooned” like the other reactors at Hanford. (Cocooning is a process by which the reactor core is encased in a concrete shell for 75 years to allow the radioactivity to decay away.) However, in August 2008, the United States Department of the Interior designated the B Reactor as a National Historic Landmark.
  
--Excerpt from DOE Hanford Web Page|a5=First full scale production nuclear reactor that produced the Plutonium 239 for use in the first nuclear bomb test (Trinity) and subsequent military use (Fat Man) in the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan during WWII.  Discovery of Xenon poisoning by Enrico Fermi.|a6=Top Secret construction site.  Accelerated construction effort. Operation principles developed in concurrence with construction.|a7=The plaque will be mounted just outside the entrance to the B reactor.|a8=Yes|a9=B Reactor is situated on the US DOE Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Currently, it is physically protected by DOE security forces and accessible to the public by pre-arranged tours or by special appointment.  The rector building is listed as a US National Historic Landmark.|a10=U.S. Deprtment of Energy|a11=Yes|a12=IEEE Richland Section, David McKinnon, Chair|a13name=David McKinnon|a13section=Richland Section|a13position=Chair|a13email=david.mckinnon@pnl.gov|a14name=Scott J Morris|a14ou=Richland Chapter of NPSS|a14position=Chair|a14email=morris.scott@pnl.gov|a15Aname=Scott J Morris|a15Aemail=morris.scott@pnl.gov|a15Aname2=|a15Aemail2=|a15Bname=Scott J Morris|a15Bemail=morris.scott@pnl.gov|a15Bname2=|a15Bemail2=|a15Cname=Scott J Morris|a15Ctitle=Chair|a15Corg=Richland Chapter NPSS|a15Caddress=902 Battelle Blvd.|a15Cphone=509-375-1886|a15Cemail=morris.scott@pnl.gov}}
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--Excerpt from DOE Hanford Web Page|a5=First full scale production nuclear reactor that produced the Plutonium 239 for use in the first nuclear bomb test (Trinity) and subsequent military use (Fat Man) in the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan during WWII.  Discovery of Xenon poisoning by Enrico Fermi.|a6=Top Secret construction site.  Accelerated construction effort. Operation principles developed in concurrence with construction.|a7=The plaque will be mounted just outside the entrance to the B reactor.|a8=Yes|a9=B Reactor is situated on the US DOE Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Currently, it is physically protected by DOE security forces and accessible to the public by pre-arranged tours or by special appointment.  The rector building is listed as a US National Historic Landmark.|a10=U.S. Deprtment of Energy|a11=Yes|a12=Richland Section, David McKinnon, Chair
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Richland Chapter NPSS, Scott J Morris, Chair|a13name=David McKinnon|a13section=Richland Section|a13position=Chair|a13email=david.mckinnon@pnl.gov|a14name=Scott J Morris|a14ou=Richland Chapter of NPSS|a14position=Chair|a14email=morris.scott@pnl.gov|a15Aname=Scott J Morris|a15Aemail=morris.scott@pnl.gov|a15Aname2=|a15Aemail2=|a15Bname=Scott J Morris|a15Bemail=morris.scott@pnl.gov|a15Bname2=|a15Bemail2=|a15Cname=Scott J Morris|a15Ctitle=Chair|a15Corg=Richland Chapter NPSS|a15Caddress=902 Battelle Blvd.|a15Cphone=509-375-1886|a15Cemail=morris.scott@pnl.gov}}

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