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HAMMER to Build New Classrooms

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The landscape at the HAMMER training facility in is changing, and it's drawing international appeal.

The Department of Energy will build 6,500 square feet of new classroom space for border-control training, and many of the new students will come from outside this country.

HAMMER has already catered to about 1,200 international border agents from 44 countries. 

This new center doubles their capacity to train other countries border agents with the hopes of stopping nuclear terror attacks on our country before they even near our borders.

"We're not just promising the $2.25 million, it is actually in the bank right now so hammer can start construction tomorrow as far as we're concerned," said Paul Van Son with the State Department.

This new building will almost triple the amount of classroom space for this border training.

Crews hope to start construction in December.