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Washington Closure awards $12.3 million for Hanford cleanup

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RICHLAND, Wash.— Washington Closure Hanford has awarded a subcontract worth $12.3 million to TerranearPMC, LLC to clean up the remaining waste sites in Hanford's D and H reactor areas.

TerranearPMC is a small disadvantaged business based in Irving, Texas, with an office in Kennewick, Washington.  The work mainly involves cleaning up deep waste sites contaminated with hexavalent chromium, which was used as a corrosion inhibitor in Hanford's plutonium-production reactors. 

Terranear also will remove large- and small-diameter pipelines, and other miscellaneous waste sites, and package the waste material for shipment to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility in Central Hanford.  The work is scheduled to begin in December and finish in the summer of 2014. 

Washington Closure completed a previous cleanup subcontract at D and H areas last summer.  To date, workers have removed about 1.6 million tons of contaminated material from D Area and 360,000 tons from H Area.