Discover Hanford's role in the making of the atomic bomb.  “The Bomb” a new PBS special which seeks to tell the story of a weapon that transformed history and continues to affect relationships among contradicting world powers premiered last Tuesday, July 28.  The PBS airing of the creation of the atomic bomb is a special feature for the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

About The Bomb
Filmmaker Rushmore Denooyer took a year and a half to complete this project since producers had to examine through the footage and images that was recently declassified by the U.S. Department of Defense.

As part of the Manhattan Project, the secretive World War II program provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb that took its first test in southern New Mexico. The project involved three research and production facilities in: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington. “We probably spent the first six months just researching and reading,” DeNooyer said.

Given today’s debate over the Iran nuclear agreement and fears that the terrorists groups might try to obtain the nuclear bomb, DeNooyer believed that this film is important. DeNooyer said, “We should care about it because the bomb is still there. The danger is that we don’t really think about it as much anymore. But still have enough bombs to destroy human civilization.”

To preview The Bomb PBS TV Schedule, click here.

About the photo above: 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Department of Energy shows the construction of a "tank farm" to store nuclear waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The first 149 storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were built between 1943 and 1964 with just a single, stainless-steel wall.

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