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Big money for local business contracts at Hanford

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- We keep hearing from the President how stimulus funding and investing in small businesses will be the key to recovery. Well at least at Hanford, that seems to be actively taking shape.

In the middle of Hanford, work is moving to bury radioactive soil in what amounts to a huge landfill. Funded by stimulus funds, Washington Closure Hanford hired Richland-based TradeWind services to do it and their paying the small business thirty million dollars.

And small businesses at the cleanup are a running theme. Last year, 151 million dollars from Washington Closure went to local companies for nearly all of their contracted work.

The work TradeWind is doing is only a small part of the entire landfill process, they plan to hire around seventy people for the job.

They hope to take only 19 months to fill some 16 football fields seventy feet deep full of toxic waste.