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U.S. Department of Energy to extend Hanford cleanup contracts

HANFORD, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy plans to extend two major environmental cleanup contracts at a contaminated nuclear site in Handford. 

The Associated Press reports the extensions were granted at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, rather than establishing new contracts with possible delays. 

Washington River Protection Solutions and CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. are expected to continue work for at least another year.

The Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant built in 1956 is heavily contaminated.

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