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River Corridor Closure team reaches another 2 million safe hours

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RICHLAND, Wash — Washington Closure Hanford and subcontractor employees working on the River Corridor Closure Project have worked another two million hours without a lost workday injury.

Washington Closure manages the $2.3 billion River Corridor Closure Project for the U.S. Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office.  The River Corridor is a 220-square-mile area along the Columbia River and is DOE's largest environmental cleanup closure project.

The River Corridor team is made up of 860 Washington Closure employees and 220 subcontractor employees.  The team is responsible for protecting the Columbia River by demolishing 316 contaminated buildings, cleaning up 550 waste sites and burial grounds, placing two reactors in interim safe storage and operating the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.

This is the fifth time the River Corridor Closure team achieved two million hours without a lost workday injury since the project started in August 2005.  In December 2011, Washington Closure became DOE's first Decontamination and Decommissioning contractor to reach the six-million-safe-hour milestone.

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