LAST RITES

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Trojan Nuclear Power Plant`s decommissioned reactor vessel is positioned for its placement in a burial trench at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in central Washington. Pressure-wrapped in blue plastic, filled with concrete and wrapped in six inches of steel, the 1,000-ton reactor journeyed via barge 270 miles up the Columbia River. Trojan, the largest U.S. commercial reactor ever taken offline, was shut down in 1993, two decades earlier than planned after a series of problems including a faulty safety system, an accidental release of radioactive gases and cracked steam tubes. Photo courtesy of Michael E. McKinney, Numatec Hanford Corp.

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