Subcontracts awarded with economic stimulus money at Hanford now total $735 million, according to data from the Department of Energy.
"This money not only created jobs and accelerated our cleanup work, but it shows how important subcontractors are to getting the job done at the Hanford Site," said Matt McCormick, manager of the Department of Energy Hanford Richland Operations Office, in a statement.
Hanford is expected to receive $1.96 billion in federal stimulus money, with a little more than a year left to spend the money. The first of the money was available in spring 2009.
About $1.3 billion of that is going to CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., which is responsible for central Hanford environmental cleanup.
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CH2M Hill had awarded $524 million in subcontracts to about 500 companies as of the end of July. Slightly more than half went to Mid-Columbia businesses and 56 percent went to small businesses, according to DOE.
The subcontracts ranged from awards to Knox Court Reporting, which has one employee and provides meeting support, to the $50 million subcontract to Skanska USA Building for construction of the 200 West Pump and Treat System, which will be one of the largest ground water treatment systems in the nation.
"The Recovery Act really changed our company and let us expand into new areas," said Sue Rice, owner of Cavanagh Services Group, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has a Richland office.
The company began packaging and shipping waste for CH2M Hill in 2008, but then received additional work when recovery act money became available the next year. It has increased its work force by 80 percent, Rice said.
Two other Hanford prime contractors have received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.
Washington Closure Hanford, which is cleaning up Hanford along the Columbia River, has awarded nearly $122 million in subcontracts to 94 companies. Almost all the money -- 98 percent -- has been given to small businesses. About 77 percent of the subcontracts have been won by Mid-Columbia businesses.
Washington River Protection Solutions has awarded $89 million in subcontracts to 622 companies. It operates the Hanford tank farms, where 53 million gallons of radioactive waste are being stored in underground tanks. About 73 percent of its subcontracts have gone to small businesses and 86 percent have gone to Mid-Columbia businesses.