Hanford tank cleanup to see 100 more workers

Hanford tank cleanup to see 100 more workers
In this April 3, 2008 file photo, a sign warns of radiation on the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The company hired to clean out aging, underground tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation plans to hire about 100 union workers, months after federal budget cuts forced layoffs there.

Washington River Protection Solutions spokesman John Britton says the first 50 workers will be hired Monday. Altogether, Britton told the Tri-City Herald that the new hires will include six or seven types of workers, including nuclear chemical operators.

The contractor laid off 37 union workers at the end of March due to federal budget cuts. Britton says the company expects to hire most of those people back.

The company expects to receive $48 million in additional funding after Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Doc Hastings worked to get money added to Hanford's current budget.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald