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DOE Marks 20 Years of Cleanup Success at ERDF 07.21.2016


RICHLAND, Wash. – This month marks 20 successful years of environmental cleanup at one of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s largest disposal facilities--the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) on the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state.

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Washington Closure Hanford reaches a new safety milestone – 7 million safe work hours 06.15.2016


RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) and its subcontractor employees have achieved a significant safety milestone by working 7 million hours without a lost workday injury; that is 3 ½ years since the last on the job injury that required an employee to spend time away from work. 

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Department of Energy completes chromium cleanup along Columbia River 11.18.2015


RICHLAND, Wash. — More than two million tons of chromium-contaminated soil have been moved away from several areas near the Columbia River at the Hanford Site.  

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Washington Closure Hanford Receives International Recognition 10.14.2015


RICHLAND, WA — At the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Congress 2015 – North America conference held on Saturday, October 10, Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) was recognized as one of three finalists for the international Project of the Year Award. 

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Washington Closure Hanford team reaches 6 million safe work hours 09.24.2015


Richland, WA - For the second time since beinning work on the River Corridor Closure Project in 2005, Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) and its subcontractor employees have reached six million hours without a lost workday due to injury.

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Hanford Landfill Reaches 17 Million Tons Disposed 03.16.2015


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have disposed of 17 million tons of contaminated material at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) since the facility began operations in 1996.  The disposal record is a measure of the tremendous amount of progress being made at the Hanford Site. 

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Washington Closure Hanford reaches another safety milestone - - 5 million safe hours 01.28.2015


RICHLAND, WA — For the second time since beginning work on the River Corridor Closure Project in 2005, Washington Closure Hanford and its subcontractor employees have reached five million hours without a lost workday due to injury.

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DOE, Washington Closure complete recycling project at Hanford 10.28.2014


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently teamed with contractor Washington Closure Hanford to complete a major recycling effort during cleanup of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State. The work involved removing an electrical substation in the 300 Area, a former industrial complex about a mile north of the city of Richland that was the center of Hanford’s radiological research and nuclear fuel fabrication facilities for nearly 60 years. 

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Washington Closure Hanford reaches 4 million safe hours 07.31.2014


For the second time since beginning work on the River Corridor Closure Project in 2005, Washington Closure Hanford and its subcontractor employees have reached four million hours without a lost workday due to injury.

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Hanford Reaches 16 Million Tons of Contaminated Material Disposed at ERDF 06.09.2014


The Hub of Hanford Cleanup - 16M tons of contaminated material safely and compliantly disposed.

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Washington Closure Hanford reaches 3 million safe hours 03.12.2014


RICHLAND, WA – Washington Closure Hanford and its subcontractor employees have reached three million hours without a lost work day injury or illness for the third time since beginning work on the River Corridor Closure Project in 2005.

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1,153-ton Waste Vault Removed from 300 Area 02.18.2014


RICHLAND, WA – Today, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Richland Operations Office announced the removal of a massive concrete vault that once held two 15,000-gallon stainless steel tanks used to collect highly contaminated waste from Hanford’s 300 Area laboratories as part of the River Corridor Closure project.

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Massive Hanford Test Reactor Removed 01.22.2014


RICHLAND, WA – Hanford’s River Corridor contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, has met a significant cleanup challenge on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site by removing a 1,082-ton nuclear test reactor from the 300 Area.

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Washington Closure Hanford reaches $1 billion in small business contract awards 11.14.2013


RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington Closure Hanford has achieved a momentous contracting milestone while cleaning up Hanford’s Columbia River corridor. The company has surpassed $1 billion in subcontracts awarded to small businesses since beginning work on the $2.4 billion River Corridor Closure Project in 2005.

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Washington Closure Hanford reaches 2 million hours without a lost workday injury 09.30.2013


RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington Closure Hanford reaches 2 million hours without a lost workday injury.

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Hanford Landfill Reaches 15 Million Tons Disposed. 07.09.2013


RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have disposed of 15 million tons of contaminated material at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) since the facility began operations in 1996. Removing contaminated material and providing for its safe disposal prevents contaminants from reaching the groundwater and the Columbia River.

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Washington Closure exceeds small business goals in fiscal year 2012 10.23.2012


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford awarded $159 million, or 93 percent, of its subcontract dollars to small businesses in fiscal year 2012.  Nearly two-thirds of that money ($104 million) was awarded to businesses in the Tri-Cities and Yakima areas. 

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River Corridor Closure team reaches another 2 million safe hours 10.08.2012


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford and subcontractor employees working on the River Corridor Closure Project have worked another two million hours without a lost workday injury.

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F Reactor Area Cleanup Complete 09.19.2012


RICHLAND, Wash.—U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractors have cleaned up the F Reactor Area, the first reactor area at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state to be fully remediated. 

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N Reactor Placed in Interim Safe Storage 06.14.2012


RICHLAND, WASH. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) River Corridor contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, has completed placing N Reactor in interim safe storage, a process also known as “cocooning.”

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Washington Closure Hanford demolishes Hanford fuel development facility 04.04.2012


RICHLAND, Wash.— Washington Closure Hanford continues to make substantial cleanup progress in the 300 Area, the center of Hanford’s radiological research and nuclear fuel fabrication activities during World War II and the Cold War.

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Iconic Guard Tower Falls as Washington Closure Continues Cleanup Progress at N Reactor Site 01.12.2012


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford removed an iconic symbol of the Cold War on Wednesday by demolishing the security guard tower at N Reactor, the last of nine plutonium production reactors to be shut down at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site.

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Washington Closure Hanford Reaches Six Million Hours of Safe Work 01.04.2012


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford and its subcontractor employees working on the River Corridor Closure Project have worked six million hours without a lost workday injury for the first time since the project started in August 2005.  Washington Closure is the U.S. Department of Energy’s first D&D contractor to reach the six-million-hour milestone.

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Washington Closure subcontracted 90 percent with small businesses last year 12.13.2011


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford awarded $188 million in subcontracts to 297 companies in fiscal year 2011. Of that, $170 million, or more than 90 percent, went to small businesses. About $119 million in total procurements was made locally.

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River Corridor Project reaches 5 million safe hours 09.15.2011


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford and subcontractor employees working on the River Corridor Closure Project have worked 5 million hours without a lost work day injury for the first time since the project started in August 2005.

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DOE Assistant Secretary Announces Completion of Major Recovery Act Project 08.15.2011


RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy’s new Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, David Huizenga, along with local DOE and contractor officials, announced the completion of $100 million in upgrades to the Hanford Site’s disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste.

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River Corridor team reaches 4 million hours without a lost work day 05.25.2011


RICHLAND, Wash.—The employees and subcontractors of Washington Closure Hanford have worked over 4 million hours without a lost work day accident for the first time since work began on the River Corridor Closure Project in 2005.

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Cleanup at major N Reactor facility finished 04.26.2011


Washington Closure Hanford recently completed placing the Hanford N Reactor Heat Exchanger Facility in interim safe storage. In addition, work crews also reached the half-way mark, by volume, in cleaning up a total of 140 waste sites at N Area. Yet to do by the 2012 deadline is placing the N Reactor building in interim safe storage and remediating the remaining waste sites.

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Major Recovery Act Project Completed at Hanford 02.23.2011


RICHLAND, WASH. – Two new super cells are going into service to expand disposal capacity for contaminated soil and debris at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF), at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

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$8 million awarded to small businesses for Hanford cleanup 02.08.2011


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford has awarded subcontracts worth $8 million to three small businesses to provide labor and equipment for cleanup of the 618-10 Burial Ground at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site. Funding for the work is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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River Corridor team reaches 3 million safe hours 02.07.2011


RICHLAND, Wash.—The employees and subcontractors of Washington Closure Hanford have worked over 3 million hours – over an 18-month period – without a lost-work-day accident.

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Iconic Hanford Dome Removed 01.17.2011


Between Pacific Northwest storm systems, the dome of the 309 Building was removed Saturday, January 15, 2011. For more than 50 years, the 309 Building aka the Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor, served as a symbol of Hanford’s nuclear mission. On Saturday, Washington Closure took the first visible steps in dismantling the reactor, a process that will take more than two years to complete. (View the links below for more information.)

 

Background

·         309 Building Demolition

·         Iconic Hanford Dome Removed

·         B-roll

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Washington Closure awards $196 million to small businesses in FY2010 01.03.2011


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford awarded $196 million in subcontracts to small businesses in fiscal year 2010. From October 2009 through September 2010, Washington Closure subcontracted $209 million in work to other businesses. Of that, $196 million, or 94 percent, went to small businesses. That is significantly more than the 65 percent the company is required to spend with small businesses.

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River Corridor Closure Project team reaches 2 million safe hours 11.03.2010


RICHLAND, Wash.—River Corridor Closure Project employees and subcontractors recently reached 2 million hours without a lost workday accident.The River Corridor Closure Project team includes 900 Washington Closure Hanford and Eberline Services Hanford employees, as well as about 400 subcontractor employees.

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Explosive demolition in the 300 Area changes historical landscape 10.13.2010


Early Saturday, October 9, three structures in Hanford’s 300 Area came crashing to the ground…as planned.

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Hazardous research facility demolished and hot cells shipped 09.08.2010


Hazardous research facility demolished and hot cells shipped

It’s taking only about three weeks to demolish the 327 Building, a large hazardous research facility, but it’s taken more than two years to get it ready to tear down. By Hanford standards, the building is relatively small at 20,500 square feet. However, it’s what was inside that caused workers to proceed carefully and cautiously.

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First hazardous materials removed from high-risk waste burial ground 08.26.2010


RICHLAND, Wash.— Workers are making their first entry into one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s most hazardous waste burial grounds containing radioactive and hazardous materials at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state.The work will help identify what is buried at the site, known as the 618-10 Burial Ground, located near the Columbia River and a few miles north of Richland.

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DOE Meets TPA Milestone in the 300 Area 07.13.2010


RICHLAND, WASH. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) met a Tri-Party Agreement Milestone three months early when contractors completed remediation of five waste sites and one burial ground recently in the 300 Area of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

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River Corridor cleanup drivers reach 15 million miles 05.12.2010


RICHLAND, Wash.—The truck drivers working on the River Corridor Closure Project recently logged 15 million miles transporting waste for disposal at Hanford’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility. That is the equivalent of more than 600 trips around the Earth.

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Completion of 300 Area Waste Sites Meets TPA Milestone 04.26.2010


RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) met a Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) milestone by completing cleanup work on 11 different waste sites at Hanford’s 300 Area just north of Richland, Wash.
Work on the waste sites began in 2002 and was completed in April by DOE’s River Corridor contractor, Washington Closure Hanford.
 

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Washington Closure awards $151 million to small businesses 01.26.2010


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford awarded $151 million in subcontracts to small businesses in fiscal year 2009.

From October 2008 through September 2009, Washington Closure subcontracted $163 million in work to other businesses. Of that, $151 million, or 93 percent, went to small businesses. That is significantly more than the 65 percent the company was required to spend with small businesses.

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River Corridor cleanup team reaches 1-million-hour safety milestone 12.07.2009


RICHLAND, Wash.—Employees and subcontractors of Washington Closure Hanford on November 30, reached one million hours worked without a lost-time accident.

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Hanford’s cleanup landfill to be expanded 09.23.2009


RICHLAND, Wash.— Expansion and upgrades are underway at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in south-central Washington state, using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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ERDF expansion completed 04.08.2009


RICHLAND, Wash.—Construction of two new waste disposal cells at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility at the Hanford Site has been completed and should be ready to start receiving Hanford cleanup wastes as early as May.

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Improved system developed to detect buried reactor fuel 02.10.2009


RICHLAND, Wash.—Workers at Washington Closure Hanford have developed a much safer way to detect and handle highly radioactive spent reactor fuel at cleanup sites along the Columbia River.

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High Hazard 618-7 Burial Ground Finished On Schedule 01.13.2009


RICHLAND, Wash. — The Department of Energy and its River Corridor cleanup contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, have met a Tri-Party Agreement milestone by safely completing one of the most hazardous burial grounds along the Columbia River.

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Small businesses reap nearly all subcontracts 12.30.2008


RICHLAND, Wash.—In fiscal year 2008, Washington Closure Hanford awarded more than 90 percent of its subcontracted work to small businesses, exceeding by a substantial margin its 65 percent goal with the U. S. Department of Energy.

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DOE, Washington Closure Meet TPA Milestone at F Area 12.18.2008


RICHLAND, Wash. — The Department of Energy (DOE) met a Tri-Party Agreement milestone this month in the F Area by completing remediation of 53 waste sites near the Columbia River.

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DOE Meets TPA Milestone for H Area 07.25.2008


RICHLAND, Wash.— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) milestone for work in the H Reactor area more than three months early at DOE’s 586-square-mile Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state.

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Safety and explosives factors in N Reactor cleanup 06.23.2008


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two large stacks of the N Reactor and heavy steam-generating equipment in an adjacent powerhouse were demolished. Using explosives, workers safely achieved this demolition milestone at N Reactor over the weekend.

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Cleanup subcontract worth $9 million awarded to local small business 04.16.2008


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford has awarded a subcontract worth more than $9 million to Federal Engineers and Constructors of Richland to clean up burial grounds and waste sites near Hanford’s H Reactor.

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River Corridor Closure Project team reaches two million safe hours 01.30.2008


RICHLAND, Wash.—River Corridor Closure Project employees and subcontractors recently reached two million hours without a lost workday injury on January 23, exactly one year to the day since the project’s last lost workday injury.

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Hanford Workers Complete Key Remediation Project, Meet Tri-Party Agreement Milestone 01.16.2008


The U.S. Department of Energy and Washington Closure Hanford met an important Tri- Party Agreement cleanup milestone for the River Corridor by completing removal, backfill and revegetation of 39 waste sites and burial grounds at Hanford’s 100 B/C Area in late December.

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River Corridor workers tackle first high-risk waste site 01.09.2008


RICHLAND, Wash.—Workers at Washington Closure Hanford have begun work on the first high-risk burial ground since being approved to do such work by the U.S. Department of Energy in November 2007.

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Small businesses reap nearly all subcontracts 12.04.2007


RICHLAND, Wash.—In fiscal year 2007, Washington Closure Hanford awarded nearly 90 percent of its subcontracted work to small businesses, exceeding its 65 percent goal by a substantial margin.

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River Corridor Closure Project team reaches one million safe hours 09.11.2007


The nearly 1,100 employees and subcontractors of the Washington Closure Hanford-led River Corridor Closure Project team recently reached one million hours without a lost workday injury for the second time since the project began in August 2005.

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Washington Closure to expand landfill 03.13.2007


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford has awarded DelHur Industries of Hermiston, Ore., a subcontract worth up to $20 million to add two disposal cells to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state.

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Small business awarded hazardous waste removal subcontract 03.13.2007


RICHLAND, Wash.—An $8.8 million subcontract to remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from five buildings in Hanford’s N Area has been awarded by Washington Closure Hanford to NCES-PAS JV, a small business based in Vancouver, Wash.

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Spencer named President of Washington Closure Hanford 01.30.2007


Charles G. Spencer, a 25-year veteran of Washington Group International and the nuclear industry, has been named President of Washington Closure Hanford.

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Tess Klatt named Washington Closure Small Business Advocate 01.02.2007


RICHLAND, Wash. – Tess Klatt is the recently appointed Small Business Advocate for Washington Closure Hanford. She is responsible for business relations, education and communications between Washington Closure and all small businesses desiring to do business with Washington Closure. Before joining Washington Closure, Tess held the position of Resource Development Associate at the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties.

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D Area cleanup subcontract awarded to small business 08.15.2006


RICHLAND, Wash.—In late July, Washington Closure Hanford awarded a subcontract worth $23.5 million to Safety and Ecology Corp. (SEC), a small business with headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., and offices in Richland.

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Last big liquid waste site near Columbia River cleaned up 04.26.2006


Cleanup of the last of Hanford’s major liquid waste sites along the Columbia River is nearly complete. In the last decade, workers have removed 5.6 million tons of contaminated material from 65 liquid waste sites in Hanford’s Columbia River corridor.

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Waste disposal subcontract awarded to small business 03.01.2006


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford has awarded a subcontract worth up to $22 million to the S.M. Stoller Corp., Lafayette, Colo., with offices in Richland, Wash., to operate the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility on the 586-square- mile Hanford Site.

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River Corridor cleanup drivers reach 10 million miles 02.01.2006


RICHLAND, Wash.—Truck drivers at the River Corridor Closure Project recently logged their 10 millionth mile safely transporting more than 6.3 million tons of contaminated materials for disposal at Hanford.

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H Reactor Cocooning Complete 10.20.2005


Cocooning has been completed at Hanford’s H Reactor, well ahead of the December 2005 Tri-Party Agreement milestone.

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Washington Closure Hanford leader to chair OSU advisory board 09.22.2005


RICHLAND, Wash.—Drusilla H. (Dru) Butler has been selected to chair the Geoscience Board of Advisors at Oregon State University (OSU).Butler is the director of Regulatory Integration and Outreach at Washington Closure Hanford in Richland.

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Washington Closure Hanford to hold supplier forum 09.12.2005


RICHLAND, Wash.—Washington Closure Hanford, the new River Corridor Closure (RCC) contractor, will hold its first Supplier Forum at 7 a.m., Friday, September 16, in the auditorium at 3000 George Washington Way, Richland, Washington.

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Washington Closure LLC wins Hanford River Corridor Cleanup Contract 03.25.2005


RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has selected a team led by Boise-based Washington Group International (Nasdaq: WGII) to complete cleanup of the DOE’s Hanford Site along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington state.

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