B Reactor recognition
B Reactor has received broad recognition for its historical importance:
In 1976 it was listed as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
In 1992 the National Park Service entered the reactor into the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1993 the American Nuclear Society presented the Nuclear Historic Landmark Award to the reactor.
In 1994 the American Society of Civil Engineers named it a National Civil Engineering Landmark.
In 2008 the National Park Service designated it a National Historic Landmark.
Our Vision for a B Reactor Museum
"Preserve B Reactor" slide show
Hanford Reach National Monument
The Hanford Reach -- the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River in the United States -- extends 51-miles upstream from Richland, Washington, largely bordering the Hanford Nuclear Site.
The Reach and some 195,000 acres of land along the river were designated the Hanford Reach National Monument in 2000. Much of the land has been a buffer zone, undisturbed since the early 1940s, for the former plutonium production site.
Eighty percent of upper Columbia River fall chinook salmon spawn in the Hanford Reach. The biologically diverse landscape of the monument is the largest remnant of the shrub-steppe ecosystem that once blanketed the Columbia River Basin. The land supports several species of rare insects and plants and is home to many birds and mammals. In addition, hundreds of prehistoric archeological sites have been found on monument land, making it especially important to regional Native American tribes.
The Hanford Reach National Monument is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Proclamation establishing the Hanford Reach National Monument