Hanford reactor tours open to school children

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- School children will be allowed inside a historic nuclear reactor at the Hanford nuclear reservation for the first time this year.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that the age limit for visiting B Reactor has been dropped from 18 to 12. Teens will be able to visit with their families, and middle school and high school classes will be able to tour.

B Reactor was the world's first production-scale nuclear reactor. It produced plutonium for the first atomic blast and for the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, effectively ending World War II.

The Energy Department will offer 104 tours of B Reactor this year from April through September. Online registration opens at one minute past midnight March 20.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com