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[/heading][vc_column_text]Covered Nuclear Facilities in Washington
If you worked at these facilities during these times, you are covered under the EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort Facilities.
Hanford was established in 1942, as a major government-owned nuclear weapons production site, fabricating reactor fuel, operating nine nuclear material production reactors and building five major chemical separation plants, and producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. Later operations also included nonmilitary applications of nuclear energy. In 1965, the laboratory functions performed at Hanford were separately identified as Pacific Northwest Laboratory (renamed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1995) and were operated by Battelle Memorial Institute. This work took place on the premises of the Hanford site through the end of 2004. Beginning in 2005, Battelle also began operating a separate facility in Richland where some on these laboratory functions were performed.
Throughout the course of its operations, the potential for beryllium exposure existed at this site, due to beryllium use, residual contamination, and decontamination activities.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Although Hanford laboratory functions were given to an organization known as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1965 when Battelle won the contract to perform research and development for the Hanford Site, PNNL did not have a physical plant separate from the Hanford site until 2005 (see the site description for Hanford for this work prior to 2005). The Laboratory’s first projects were based on the needs of the Hanford Site and included protecting the environment, fabricating reactor fuel, and designing reactors. These projects, staff expertise in diverse fields, and national needs led to outstanding research and development in several key areas: environment, health, energy, computer science, and security.
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