Nuclear reactor won't be restarted
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NOVEMBER 22, 2000

The Department of Energy on Tuesday said it will not restart a test nuclear reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

Known as the Fast Flux Test Facility, the reactor hasn't been in operation since 1992. If restarted, it would have supplied NASA with plutonium for space missions and produced medical isotopes to diagnose and treat cancer and other illnesses.

Senator Slade Gorton (R-Wash) had called on the reactor to be restarted. The Hanford site is located in southeast Washington state along the Columbia River, an area Gorton easily won in the Senate election.

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Energy Department plans not to restart Hanford reactor (AP 11/21)

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The Fast Flux Test Facility -
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