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Hanford Site Gets $1.96 Billion Within A Week

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HANFORD, Wash- The Hanford Site will be getting almost two billion dollars within a week. The money is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This means almost 4,000 new jobs plus it'll speed up the clean-up process at Hanford. The actual dollar amount is $1.96 billion. Most of the money will be going to Washington Closure Hanford and CH2M-Hill Plateau Remediation Company.

New jobs are being advertised each day. This weekend CH2M-Hill will have a job fair. Not only is this great for the Tri-Cities economy but real estate agents are saying it's going to boost the housing market.

KNDU talked to the Richland Operation Office Manager, who is very excited.

"Not only does it mean we will save and create more than 4,000 new jobs but we will get a lot of needed work done at the Hanford as far as cleanup at the site," said Dave Brockman, Department of Energy.

Wednesday, many of the contractors will tell us how you can apply for these new jobs and what types of openings they will have. This money will allow groundwater and waste tank cleanup projects to be accelerated. It will also help meet the goal of shrinking the contaminated area from 543 square miles to only 75 square miles by 2015.