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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, listens on Tuesday, Feb. 19, as Russ Fabre recounts the construction and operation of the first nuclear reactor, B Reactor, at the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland, Wash. Wyden said he supports legislation to recognize the reactor as part of a national park to honor the top-secret Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.

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Wyden takes a close look at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. — The nation’s most contaminated nuclear site — and the challenges associated with ridding it of its toxic legacy — will be a subject of upcoming hearings and a higher priority in Washington D.C., a key lawmaker said Tuesday.

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