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Veolia supports vit plant startup

Veolia is a global resourcing company with more than $30 billion in annual revenue and 178,000 employees. Through Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS), Veolia delivers its global capabilities in engineering, facility operations, waste management and decontamination and decommissioning, and remediation to the U.S. government and across North America. VNSFS is proud and honored…


HLMI is new manager for tank waste analysis at 222-S Laboratory

The primary mission of the Hanford Site 222-S Laboratory is to provide analytical support for the storage and treatment of Hanford tank waste. In January, Hanford Laboratories Management and Integration (HLMI) took over as the prime contractor operating the lab. HLMI is a partnership between two small businesses: Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. and Advanced…


Surging state revenue should quell talk of raising taxes amid ongoing pandemic

As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session – and the start of the second year of the pandemic – the condition of the state budget is nothing short of amazing. At this time last year, the economy was in lockdown and unemployment was surging. Almost overnight, thousands of businesses were…


Crisis in the Suez Canal highlights global supply chain weakness

The Ever Given’s six-day grounding in one of the narrowest parts of the Suez Canal underscores the vulnerability of the world’s supply chain and the choke points that can disrupt the global economy. The reverberations will be felt for months as consumer demand, suppressed by the Covid-19 pandemic, ramps up. The canal, which first opened…


Is the Tri-Cities growing as if the future matters?

History tells us that what we call the Tri-Cities started out as one railroad town and a handful of tiny farm-to-market burgs spread out along the Columbia River. Today, it is a proper metropolitan area with more than 300,000 people. On May 6, the Columbia Basin Badgers Club will tackle the thorny question of growth.…


Tri-Cities’ diverse population continues to grow but not its income

March Madness brings out a latent desire to be No. 1. (Just missed that up here in Spokane.) While many teams have raised their hands with an index finger rising from a fist, not too many municipalities have. Maybe the Tri-Cities should, at least by one measure. It might not be a widely-followed contest, but…


Economically disadvantaged groups among hardest hit by Covid-19 job losses

By Newswise Nationwide unemployment fell to 6% in March, according to an April 2 U.S. Department of Labor report. The strongest gains were in leisure and hospitality, and construction. The news was better than expected, but aggregated data doesn’t always tell the full story, according to economists at Washington University in St. Louis. The nationwide…


Consider three main parts of contract law before enforcement

What are the components of an enforceable contract? In other words, if you or your business makes an agreement with another person or entity, what makes the agreement enforceable? Let’s review of some of the technical and practical considerations for contract enforcement. Must it be in writing? The general rule is that a contract must…


Tri-Cities helps pilot portal to link interns with prospective employers

In the last few months, dozens of Washington students have gone online and signed up for accounts in a new matchmaking website. But it’s not what you’re thinking. The matchmaker is the Washington Workforce Portal, and its aim is to connect college-age students with real-world job experience in their local communities. The portal has launched…


Our Second Amendment rights are under attack

The U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding Americans the right to keep and bear arms, but once again, our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the left. Democrats in the House are bringing forth two pieces of legislation that aim to make it even harder for citizens to legally obtain a firearm. Contrary to what the…

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