Burial of Hot Goods at the 300N Site at the Hanford Project (7 pics)

Juli Kearns Hanford Declassified 2 Comments

Historic Photos from the Hanford Document Retrieval Declassified Archive of Burial of Contaminated Materials at the 300-N Site in 1955

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004132
Document Number 9855-NEG-B
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004135
Document Number 9855-NEG-E
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004136
Document Number 9855-NEG-F
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004139
Document Number 9855-NEG-I
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004137
Document Number 9855-NEG-G
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004142
Document Number 9855-NEG-L
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Accession Number N1D0004141
Document Number 9855-NEG-K
Alternate Document Number 9855-NEG
Title Description 300-N BURIAL SITE
Number of Pages 1
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Author(s)
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Document Date 10-Feb-1955
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Comments 2

  1. Hey Juli,

    So it seems they rather unceremoniously dumped the stuff in a hole and buried it.

    At least the event appears to have been monitored by some dude with a geiger-counter…or maybe that’s a gun and he’s shooting whatever mutated varmints are crawling their way up out of the debris!

    Is that Washington state? Seems desert-like.

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    Hey, John, didn’t get the notice you’d commented. Yes, that’s the Hanford Reserve in Washington State. It is semi-arid desert in that region but is also right alongside the Columbia River. So was chosen for water power and isolation. With the clean-up that’s being done, and will take decades, I would imagine this is one of those burial sites that will be dug up and contents moved further inland and reburied in a more protected manner.

    I don’t know how ably they kept up with the problem of radioactive varmints back then (other than the fish contamination). They occasional have problems with radioactive animals today.

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