Washington Closure Hanford finalist for award

Washington Closure Hanford is one of three finalists for the Project Management Institute’s 2015 Project of the Year for its decade-long effort to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation along the Columbia River.

The winner will be announced next month. Other finalists are an Oregon project to overhaul bridges and a California project to transport massive oil refinery coke drums.

The work along the Columbia River at Hanford was done under a $1.9 billion Department of Energy contract and included removing 10 million tons of contaminated soil and debris as of 2014.

“It came in under budget, saving taxpayers $227 million, while helping to transform a toxic legacy of war into scenic beauty for future (access) to all,” said the write up in Project Management Institute Network magazine.