The Hanford site serves as a key piece of the Tri-City economy.  Our special coverage takes a closer look at Hanford’s workforce, cleanup efforts and costs, and the status of key projects, including the massive vitrification plant currently under construction at the 586-square-mile site in our backyard.

The Tri-Cities Local Business Association and other small business advocates expressed concern about how small Hanford subcontractors were handled during recent contract changes at the Hanford site. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Local Business Association)

Small Hanford subcontractors cry foul amid contractor changes

It’s the suddenness that bothers Phil Gallagher, senior vice president of Babcock Services Inc., a longtime Hanford subcontractor. No one had a chance to prepare for a major – albeit likely short term – change in how Hanford’s two biggest prime contractors handled many of their subcontractors. In January, the U.S. Department Energy directed new…

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‘Friend of Hanford’ at odds with community leaders on breaching dams

An Idaho congressman is a well- known supporter of Hanford funding, but his ambitious plan to rescue salmon by breaching the four Lower Snake River dams is creating an awkward moment for his friends in the Tri-Cities. In February, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, released a $33.5 billion plan to remove the four dams, calling…

Retired Hanford chemist John C. Abercrombie is enjoying a second career blogging and podcasting about Black history following his 1997 retirement from the Hanford site. Cold War Patriots, serving veterans of the nuclear industry, named. (Courtesy Cold War Patriots)

Retired Hanford chemist now tells overlooked stories of Black excellence

John Abercrombie had little use for history during the 28 years he worked as a chemist, analytical lab manager and employment officer at the Hanford site. History was a tangle of people he didn’t know, places he hadn’t been. He had a series of jobs to do, a family to raise. “I hated history, I…


Working to ensure worker health in challenging times

Last year was extremely challenging for everyone. HPMC Occupational Medical Services (OMS) continued health care support to Hanford workers as the site transitioned to reduced operations and teleworking early in the year and progressed through the first two phases of remobilization of workers to the site as the year continued. HPMC OMS’ ability to maintain…


Pandemic didn’t stop us from making progress on our goals

Each year, I appreciate the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ Hanford edition, which is the perfect opportunity to update our community on Washington River Protection Solutions’ accomplishments as the U.S. Department of Energy’s tank operations contractor at the Hanford site. As we all know, this past year has been like no other. Covid-19 has caused…


Integration, innovation key focuses for new Hanford contractor

On January 25, 2021, an era that will be marked with increased integration efforts, infrastructure upgrades and state-of-the-art technology officially began at the Hanford site. Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS) began its work on the Hanford Mission Essential Services Contract, taking over after more than 11 years of leadership by Mission Support Alliance. While two…


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…

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