Hanford workers honored

Hanford workers were honored recently for their contributions to winning the Cold War, in the first-ever National Day of Remembrance celebration at the site.

Early Hanford workers install components inside the B Reactor

The Tri-City Herald talked to long-time Hanford workers about their experiences refining the uranium that went into nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

“Not a day goes by that we don’t marvel at what you did,” Dave Brockman, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office, told them. “It was a very difficult job in harsh conditions.”

“I’d do it again,” Bob Whiteside told the paper. He spent 40 years at Hanford, was on the crew that started up N Reactor and was the shift supervisor during its final shutdown. “I liked it. I liked the crews I had. I trained them well. I had the best damn crews.”

District 751 represents Hanford workers at companies like CH2M Hill and Washington Closure Hanford LLC. They are members of Local Lodge 1951 in Richland.

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