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Hanford contractor reaches $1 billion with small businesses

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Washington Closure Hanford has awarded $1 billion in subcontracts to small businesses to help with environmental cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation, said Tri-City business leaders, who thanked the company at a press conference Thursday.

More than half of the $1 billion spent in the past eight years has been pumped into the local economy.

But the announcement came as Hanford subcontracting is changing because of several factors, including a tight budget and new small business and contracting policies.

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