Sunday, February 14, 2010

Federal funds aim to clean up nuclear wasteland

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Hanford Nuclear Site, Washington (CNN)

Federal funds aim to clean up nuclear wasteland

That is more stimulus funding than some entire states have received, which has triggered a debate as to whether the money is being properly spent.

Millions of dollars and thousands of jobs poured into the remote area about 75 miles east of Yakima where nine nuclear reactors were eventually built.

While debate continues over whether and how stimulus dollars should be used, the Tri-Cities area that surrounds the Hanford site -- which includes Richland, Kennewick and Pasco -- is reaping the benefits of the clean-up boom.

Hanford began receiving stimulus dollars in March 2009, which helped the surrounding cities and towns avoid the catastrophe that has plagued other communities impacted by the recent economic downturn.

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