Fed Gives Hanford $2 Billion for Cleanup

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RICHLAND-- Senator Maria Cantwell was in town Thursday, to announce the creation of more than 12,000 jobs at Hanford, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The plan is to reduce the contaminated area by more than 500 square miles over four years, and turn the land into a clean energy park.

"The fact that the stimulus bill had $2 billion in it to expedite the cleanup at Hanford, means we're going to be able to put more people to work, and we're also going to be able to meet some of those goals and deadlines sooner," said Cantwell.

Hanford officials also pointed out the aging workforce there, and the need to transition to a new generation of workers.

Officials say the plan will draw new businesses to the area to serve the new workers.