RICHLAND, Wash. - Business leaders from around the area met at the Clarion Hotel in Richland for the State of Department of Energy address.
The networking event is put on by the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives from the office of River Protection, PNNL, and Richland Operations Office presented updates about the clean-up at Hanford.
With the help of stimulus money, the Department of Energy has been able to keep and create hundreds of jobs. The question is, how long will that last?
Hanford is working towards shrinking the clean-up area from 586 square miles down to 10 square miles by 2016.
"If we are able to get ourselves down to that by 2015, 2016, which we think we can, there will still be an awful lot of work going on in this site, which will require a significant funding stream for a number of years," said Dave Brockman, Manager of the D.O.E. Richland office.
The Department of Energy has received approximately $1.6 billion dollars in recovery act funding.