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Hanford Receives Money for GNEP Grant

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Hanford site will receive more than $1 million in funding for Global Nuclear Energy Partnership research.

The Department of Energy is giving TRIDEC and Columbia Basin Consulting the money to research the site's capability for expanding into recycling nuclear fuel and possibly adding a nuclear power plant.

If selected by DOE, it would mean new long-term jobs for the area after cleanup is finished.

"Hanford at the moment is in a cleanup mode, and that'll last until 2035 or beyond, and after that there's no new missions for Hanford, so one of the things we're looking for is new missions. Global nuclear energy partnership is one of those," said TRIDEC's Gary Petersen.

The study will take place over the next 90 days.

A public meeting is scheduled for March in Pasco where you can comment on the issue.