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Fluor Daniel nuclear chemical operators, Kevin Hope, left, and Kathy Polotto, help load fourteen 55-gallon drums of radioactive waste into one of three special stainless steel containers at the Waste Receiving and Processing Facility on the Department of Energy's Hanford Site near Richland, Wash., Wednesday, June 14, 2000. This shipment of waste, which consists of clothing, tools, rags and other debris from the nuclear weapons program, will be the first of many over the next 30 years to be transported to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the D.O.E.'s site near Carlsbad, N.M., where it will be permanently stored.

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Fluor Daniel nuclear chemical operators, Kevin Hope, left, and Kathy Polotto, help load fourteen 55-gallon drums of radioactive waste into one of three special stainless steel containers at the Waste Receiving and Processing Facility on the Department of Energy's Hanford Site near Richland, Wash., Wednesday, June 14, 2000. This shipment of waste, which consists of clothing, tools, rags and other debris from the nuclear weapons program, will be the first of many over the next 30 years to be transported to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the D.O.E.'s site near Carlsbad, N.M., where it will be permanently stored.