Hanford B Reactor, Richland, WA


The Hanford Nuclear Site (today the Hanford Nuclear Reservation) in WA state was the industrial facility in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s where the United States produced the plutonium for its nuclear weapons stockpile. In multiple reactors across the site, uranium slugs were bombarded with neutrons from the operating reactor to transmute into the plutonium 239 required to power America's atomic arsenal. Hanford B Reactor, the oldest of all reactors, is now decommissioned and a tourist attraction for those who want to experience this part of American history.

In true homage to the historic nature of the reactor, the following images where taken using a traditional film camera and Kodak 5222 Double X B&W film stock. Click on each image for a better view in a lightbox and for a description. The video at the bottom of the page is from a super 8 motion picture camera using Kodak Tri-X 7266 B&W motion picture stock.