hanford nuclear reservation photos emerge from cold war shadows - transparency film
At the Hanford nuclear Reserve, everything used to be secret.
Thousands of people work side by side at the Manhattan Project site, never talking about what they are doing, often not knowing themselves.
After all, loose lips sank the ship.
In 1943, scientists from the United States and Nazi Germany were racing to make atomic bombs.
Located in the remote desert of eastern Washington, it is only a few miles from the population centers of Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
The federal government and its contractors built the first large
A scale reactor for the manufacture of plutonium.
Most of the 50,000 workers on the site were not told what they were doing until the first atomic bomb landed in Japan.
But government photographers are taking these works and now some of them have been released to the public.
"They want a living story about Hanford," said Dave Briggs, manager of the National Security analysis team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory . ".
"At the end of the war, it should have been torn down and disappeared ---
Then the cold war broke out.
About 90,000 negatives. -
Catch a glimpse of an extraordinary and mundane Archive ---
Classified life in Hanford from 1943 to 1967.
This is a relatively small subset of the 2 million photos taken at Hanford since day one.
Some photos can now be viewed by the public on the Hanford website.
Photo disks of images should be provided by October. 1.
"Because of the time they were taken away, they were classified.
"Almost everything is sorted by definition," said Briggs . ".
Briggs and Rick Stutheit are classified officials in the United States. S.
Doe is one of a dozen modern energy sectors
Movie detectives during the day will look at boxes and box negatives saved in Manila's aging envelope and edit the photo gallery.
The project is part of DOE's open policy and also reduces the cost of storing materials-
Classified storage is very expensive.
"Our people have paid for it.
"We people should see what we get for the money," said Briggs . ".
Hanford Atomic factory was born from the mountain tree in just a few months.
In a place with only a bunch of small farm towns and orchards, the prospect of feeding, living and entertaining 50,000 people is daunting.
These photos reflect all of this, from the construction of uranium extraction plants that remove plutonium from irradiated uranium fuels, to the taking of photos in a common pastime of fishing, cooking, dancing.
Band leader Kay Kaiser, children learning to swim, photos of election night 1944.
About 50,000 negatives have been reviewed so far, and only about a dozen are still confidential ---
Those who deal with weapons information and unit costs, says Stutheit.
Some photos that may be culturally sensitive to indigenous Americans are also under tribal scrutiny.
Li Edgar, 86, is one of the witnesses who took historical photos in Hanford from 1947 to 1967.
He filmed traffic accidents and crime scenes in the United States. S.
The president and the new building.
He was sent to observe the pipeline, crawling around in tanks used to make plutonium and store deadly waste in the process.
On one occasion, he recalled, he was lowered by 15 or 16 feet, holding his arm above his head and taking pictures to look for signs of rust.
"I can't come out when I go out," he said . ".
His thin frame is swollen. -
Unlike divers who need to decompress-
In the tank he had to be pulled out with his seat belt and crane.
"Of course, the camera went out first," he said . "
His 79-year-old wife Betty knows better than asking him what he did at work.
"I have never talked to her about anything," Edgar said . ".
She recalled only one curiosity because they had kept him for so long.
"It turned out that he was contaminated while on duty and accidentally bumped his forehead into a" hot spot "and had to wash his hair and face several times before returning home.
Hanford photographers use Graflex Speed Graphics with 101mm or 127mm lenses, usually making 4-inch-by-5-inch negatives.
According to another former Hanford photographer, Daniel ostagard, all the films were black and white and did not use the film until they were in their 1950 s.
Hasselblads was used in late 1960, and the first use of color clear film was about 1960.
All processing and printing is done on site and Edgar remembers that he often gives his films to someone for classification.
The photos are also helpful, as DOE and its contractors are working to clean up the radioactive Heritage produced in plutonium for 40 years, providing detailed information on the construction of leaking tanks, for example, in the absence of a written record.
For public display, negatives are being scanned, indexed, and cleaned up, greatly improving the quality of some images.
For Angela Townsend, a Pasco native and national lab employee, scanning photos is an education.
"I was born on 1970.
"I don't know what this is all about," she said . ".
"In fact, it's better than our history class at school.