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Laying the foundation for Hanford cleanup success

As the site services provider at Hanford, Mission Support Alliance (MSA) plays a key role in ensuring workers across the site have the tools and resources they need to meet complex cleanup demands. Whether it’s maintaining water lines and roadways, updating electrical systems, preparing an employee for the next step in their career or helping…

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Veolia is invested in Hanford, future of region

Veolia Nuclear Solutions–Federal Services (VNSFS) has a long and successful history at the Hanford site, where it operates two critical elements of the cleanup – the 222-S Laboratory under a direct contract to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF), under a subcontract to CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.…

Ironworkers Justin Guzman, from left, Cole Sellers and Jay Moyer move material at the Hanford Material Handling Facility storage yard. (Photos courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

Behind-the-scene workers manage massive warehouses

By Ian KleiBechtel National Inc.  They may operate in the background but the employees at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s Material Handling Facility (MHF) warehouse play an important role in the mission to treat Hanford’s tank waste. The team receives, inspects, stores and delivers all materials and equipment needed to build the Hanford vit…


Ensuring worker health and well-being at Hanford

In late 2018, HPM Corp. was competitively re-awarded the Hanford Occupational Medical Services contract. HPM Corp. Occupational Medical Services (HPMC OMS) is one of the largest occupational medicine programs among all U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites. As a prime contractor to DOE, HPMC OMS provides comprehensive occupational medicine and health-related services to more than…


It’s time to rally around Washington employers

Washington’s small businesses have entered a new era as our state and nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Today it’s critical that we support our local small businesses, and all Washington employers, to ensure a strong economic future for our state. Our state’s small businesses are the foundation of our economy, and they’ve been impacted hard…


Coronavirus pandemic strains medical waste system

While lots of attention surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is on finding ample medical supplies – ventilators, masks, gloves and sterilized hospital gowns – there is growing concern about its impact on the trash collection system. Can we safely dispose of the surge in infectious wastes from hospitals, first responders and residents? American hospitals are generating…


Essential residential construction will meet communities’ needs

Life has temporarily changed for many during this pandemic. As we adjust our schedules, work environments and daily activities to keep our communities safe and flatten the curve, we must ensure that our economy can recover and that families are able to provide for their loved ones. Much of my work in Congress has transitioned…


There’s value in understanding the value of your small business

Small business owners often have a very difficult time trying to determine the value of their business. Perhaps the owner has never taken the time to consider the value. Perhaps the owner believes there really is no value to the business in the event that he or she ceased to run it. More often, the…


Tri-City construction pulse beat strong, but what now?

Humans have shown a need to build since the dawn of time as hunter-gatherers. That need accelerated as our ancestors organized into agricultural societies. Monumental reminders are still with us, such as pyramids in both hemispheres and the Great Wall. More modest reminders come from archeologists’ digs across the globe. From an economic perspective, construction…


Lost your job? Workforce council stands ready to help

By Tiffany Scott The Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council is designated by Gov. Jay Inslee as a local/regional workforce development area.  We are responsible for convening and coordinating local workforce development programs and activities through a certified American Job Center called WorkSource Columbia Basin. In addition, we oversee TC Futures, a youth and young adult outreach, in partnership with the local Educational Service District 123.  The BFWDC is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our local community. We are committed to supporting those individuals and families…

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