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An excavator bites into one of the dividing walls of the K West Reactor's settling basin. The reinforced concrete walls, 18 to 24 inches thick, were only part of the massive construction effort that created the reactor at the start of the Cold War. (Andy Porter photo) (Jan. 6, 2010)

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Cold War relic at Hanford meets its end

Work is under way to demolish massive water-treatment facilities at the Hanford Site.

RICHLAND -- Bit by bit here, another remnant of the Cold War is being chopped up and carted off to the proverbial dustbin of history.Since December, crews have been demolishing the water treatment facilities that helped cool one of Hanford Site's largest


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