Hanford history, cleanup subject of talk Thursday

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WALLA WALLA -- The history and current state of one of the nation's largest environmental cleanups will be the topic of a Walla Walla Rotary Club presentation Thursday.

The Department of Energy's Bryan Foley will speak at the Rotary Club's noon meeting at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. Foley is the deputy federal project director for soil and groundwater at the department's Richland Operations Office in Richland.

Created in World War II adjacent to the Columbia River, the half-million acre Hanford Site was the nation's primary site for production of plutonium for atomic weapons. Production ceased in 1989 and since then thousands of workers have been engaged in cleaning up and decontaminating the site.

Foley's speech is part of DOE's Hanford Speakers Bureau, a regional outreach program by DOE to provide updates on the Hanford Site to local communities.

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