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Federal judge Allows Hanford Lawsuit to Proceed

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RICHLAND, WA. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor Washington Closure Hanford and other companies that posed as small businesses to win environmental cleanup contracts can go forward.

The lawsuit contends the companies agreed among themselves to establish a facade of small businesses that were awarded millions of dollars for work reserved for small businesses.

Instead, that work was done by businesses that didn't qualify for the job, according to the lawsuit. In one case, the winning subcontractor had no experience in handling nuclear waste, no equipment and no employees.

The lawsuit was brought by Savage Logistics, a small firm seeking work at Hanford. Savage Logistics was later joined by the federal government in much of the lawsuit.

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