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Hanford Project Reduces Cleanup Footprint

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NEAR RICHLAND, Wash. -- Department of Energy leaders say the clean-up footprint on the Hanford Site has been reduced by 115-square miles.

 Workers from CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company recently demolished 24-excess structures and removed 362-debris sites on the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve (ALE) and Rattlesnake Mountain.

CH2M Hill used $4-million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to complete the work on ALE, which began in December 2009.

"The completion of demolition and debris cleanup on ALE is a major milestone in reducing the Hanford Site cleanup footprint," said Matt McCormick, Manager of DOE's Richland Operations Office.  "The removal of these structures and debris sites is important in preserving and enhancing the Hanford Reach."