HANFORD -- More stimulus money is getting pumped into Hanford. This time $100 million will expand the Hanford landfill known as ERDF.
One by one trucks come roaring in. The rigs are full of waste, mostly soil and debris from clean up near the Columbia River. About 400 containers get dumped here in one day.
This low-level waste is in what's essentially a giant garbage bag. It gets dumped, compacted and eventually buried. But stimulus money is helping workers fill this dumpsite even faster.
"There is a sense of urgency given the rate of fill of the cell," said Bill Melvin with Washington Closure Hanford.
Now another round of stimulus money will make room for more waste.
One cell of the landfill is about eight football fields long and 70 feet deep. Cell 9 is now completely excavated, another hole just like it will sit next to it, that's cell 10. They're just starting to dig this week.
Washington Closure Hanford just awarded a subcontract worth up to $30 million to a local company, TradeWind Services. The Richland business says it already has folks to dig Cell 10 and finish lining Cell 9, but TradeWind is still hiring for other jobs.
"It takes quite an effort to do this, but the contractor community here is up to it and the talent is here," said Owen Robertson, Project Manager for the Department of Energy. "For the local community it's important they know we're proceeding with the work and offering employment opportunities for a lot of people in the area."
In all, this landfill will create more than 200 new jobs for this major expansion project. That's a total expansion worth $100 million, a lot of dough and a lot to dump.
All the work on the landfill expansion is expected to be done by September of 2011.