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DOE Reviewing Vit Plant Seismic Report

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Department of Energy is reviewing the report that will determine the fate of construction on the Vit Plant's high-level waste and pre-treatment facilities.

This new seismic report is essentially the key to whether construction on those two facilities restarts this fall.

DOE will review the seismic report and then has to send their conclusions to higher ups in Washington, D.C..

The report focuses on whether the two facilities could withstand a large earthquake without a radioactive release, and economic experts say getting construction back up is key to cleanup, and the local economy.

"We'll see the ripple throughout the community. I mean, we'll see the ripple at probably the local hotels and motels, you'll see it at the restaurants, you'll see it in a variety of service businesses all over town," said Carl Adrian, President of TRIDEC.

Bechtel has been hiring about 40- eople a week in preparation for construction.

They hope to be back up by October, but said last month they may be able to get things going as early as September.