Visiting the City That Built the Hanford Nuclear Site

As my aircraft approaches the Tri-Towns Airport in south-central Washington point out, the sandy expanse outdoors my window gives way to hundreds of vibrant green circles and squares. From this semi-arid terrain springs an irrigated oasis of potatoes, hops, peaches, and sweet corn. Just outside of our perspective is 1 of the most contaminated spots in the environment: the Hanford Web site, residence to 177 ageing tanks of radioactive squander.