Hanford is biggest stimulus draw

The Hanford nuclear reservation is the nation’s single biggest recipient of stimulus contracts.

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The major decontamination work at the old nuclear reservation in Hanford, Wash., has made the site the single biggest recipient of federal stimulus contracts.

The site is getting an additional $2 billion to boost its efforts. As a result, the state ranks third in the nation for stimulus-related jobs.

The extra cash won’t seriously hasten the decades-long cleanup timetable. But it has had a measurable impact, shown both in the trail of demolished buildings at Hanford and in the oasis of economic prosperity in nearby Richland, Pasco and Kennewick.

“The president wanted quick jobs; we provided them,” says Jon Peschong, the Hanford stimulus program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, which is overseeing the cleanup.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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