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Hanford demolition and clean up

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Cleanup on the Hanford Site is now focusing on the 200 North Area.

Workers are tearing down three buildings that stored spent nuclear fuel from plutonium production reactors during the Cold War. Those facilities are north of the center of the Hanfod Site (the 200 North Area)

The project also includes remediating waste sites near the buildings and disposing of 15 contaminated railcars that once transported reactor fuel rods.

Money to do this work is coming from a $12.5 million federal recovery act grant. The money has created or saved 3,000 Hanford jobs. The enire project at the site should reduce the goverment site's cleanup foot print by some four square miles.