Associated Press - May 28, 2009 10:55 AM ET
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Federal contractors that were fined for environmental and safety violations at Hanford will receive much of the $2 billion in federal stimulus money for cleanup.
Washington Closure Hanford and CH2M Hill are among the few contractors able to handle the specialized work.
The government already has spent 20 years and $30 billion on Hanford cleanup. The Obama administration estimates the new spending will create or preserve up to 4,000 jobs.
Since 1989, 20 tons of leftover plutonium have been converted to a safe, stable form. About 2,300 tons of spent nuclear fuel have been moved away from the Columbia River. 5 of 9 nuclear reactors have been decommissioned and liquid waste has been removed from 177 leaky underground tanks.
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