Hanford by the numbers

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

1 – Billion gallons of radioactive waste from N Reactor dumped into two open trenches

11-- Number of years after production began for waste to reach groundwater near river

53 – Metric tons of weapons grade plutonium produced for U.S. nuclear arsenal over five decades of production.

180 – Original estimate for years that it would take contaminated groundwater to reach the Columbia River.

440 -- Billion gallons of contaminated liquid dumped into the soil since the 1940s.

586 – Square miles that encompass Hanford Site in Eastern Washington

40,000 – Number of people killed in 1945 from the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Plutonium in the bomb was manufactured at Hanford.

150,000 – Number of workers on site when the Manhattan Project was active during World War II.

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