Aerial photo of the 324 Building, circa 2015.
Located in the Hanford Site’s 300 Area, the 324 Building operated from 1966 to 1996 and supported research on highly radioactive materials. Workers postponed demolition operations in 2010 after discovering significant contamination under a portion of the building, which likely came from a previous spill of highly radioactive waste within the building. Due to the building’s proximity to the Columbia River and the city of Richland, removing that contamination and demolishing the building is a top priority for the Department of Energy.
For more information, please see the 324 Building Disposition Project Fact Sheet.