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January 2013 Issue

DOE Looks at Industrial Development on Hanford Land


The U.S. Department of Energy is starting an environmental assessment on 4,400 acres of land on the Hanford nuclear reservation with the goal of transferring that land to the community for industrial development purposes. TRIDEC, the City of Richland and the Port of Benton have requested 1,641 acres near the Tri-Cities Research District in Richland. DOE decided to look at more acres than requested because it may still have need for some of the land to be studied. The land that the community has asked for includes one 900-acre site that could be used for one or two large developments that might create between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs, and four smaller 100- or 200-acre sites that would support 400 or 500 jobs. The community's goal is to replace jobs lost as the Hanford cleanup effort continues and federal funds for cleanup decline due to budget cutbacks. Read more...

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