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  • Tour of the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries

    On October 4th, the Columbia Basin Section will be touring the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registry (USTUR) in Richland, WA.  USTUR was created in 1968 to research actinide elements deposited within the human body – in persons with measurable, documented exposures to those elements.  They take samples from donors who worked with actinide elements and use them in research.  The donors have typically worked at government sites where plutonium, americium, or uranium were processed. Many worked at these sites during the development of nuclear weapons or during the cold-war years. Some of these sites include Hanford, Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Savannah River, Fernald, and Mound.  The donations include tissue samples and whole body donations, which are stored at their facility in Richland.

    Please note that to attend this tour, all participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and refrain from taking photos to preserve the privacy of the donors to the facility.  US Citizenship is not required.  There is a chance the tour will be canceled or postponed if an autopsy is scheduled during the time of the tour.

    Space is limited, so please RSVP to Consuelo Guzman-Leong at by October 2nd.

    For more information about the facility, please visit:

    What: Tour of USTUR Facility


    2340 Lindberg Loop
    Richland, WA 99354-4959 USA

    When: October 4th at 4pm

  • Inside Look at the Hanford Reservation During the Cold War Years

    On October 2nd, the Columbia Basin Section will host an informative picture show describing the Hanford Nuclear site and career path for Mr. Dennis A. Armstrong, ASME life fellow, during Cold War years. The presentation covers the facilities and production cycle from fuel preparation, reactors, separations processes and final product fabrication.

    Dennis A. Armstrong is a Life Fellow of ASME and holds a BSME from Washington State University. Mr. Armstrong has made significant engineering contributions at the Hanford Nuclear site to a broad spectrum of production and design activities including early defense weapons manufacturing, waste management and commercial reactor design. Before retirement, he led the Safety Related mechanical equipment operating license qualification program for the Columbia Generating Station 1,100-megawatt commercial nuclear power plant. He has supported ASME at many levels, including vice president, Public Information, and vice president, Region VIII, plus active involvement in numerous committees including the local Columbia Basin Section. He currently serves as Chair of the ASME Old Guard Committee.

    Date: October 2, 2019

    Location: Richland Roundtable Restaurant

    Time: No Host individual menu orders at 5:30 PM - Presentation at 6:00 PM

    There is limited room, so please RSVP to Kelly Mears at by October 1.