July 10, 2009 in Region

Work to start on Hanford K reactors burial ground

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RICHLAND — A Pocatello, Idaho, company has won a $9 million contract to clean up a burial site at the Hanford nuclear reservation that contains radiation-contaminated waste.

Washington Closure, the contractor cleaning up Hanford’s Columbia River corridor, said Thursday it had chosen Dance Designs for the job.

The Tri-City Herald says the work involves cleaning 16 unlined trenches and 11 buried silos that contain reactor equipment and pieces, ash from burning contaminated waste, and boron used to help control nuclear reactions in Hanford’s long-closed K reactors.

Work is expected to start later this month, with excavation completed in the fall of 2010. Washington Closure expects all cleanup work, including backfilling and replanting, to be done by spring 2012.

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