Fluor Hanford (a business unit of Fluor Corporation) began its work for the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996, when it was awarded a contract for managing the majority of the cleanup work at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State, as well as the site's infrastructure. Fluor-managed projects received between $600 and $700 million of the $2 billion in total annual funding for cleanup of the 586-square-mile site.
Fluor Hanford's employees worked in some 180 facilities on the Hanford Site or in Richland, Wash., located just south of the site.
Employees of Fluor Hanford and its subcontractors made significant progress in supporting the Department of Energy's mission to clean up Hanford:
- Stabilized 20 tons of plutonium materials for storage or disposal
- Moved 2,300 tons of spent nuclear fuel from Hanford's K Basins to safe, dry storage
- Consolidated radioactive sludge vacuumed from the floors of the K Basins
- Reduced contamination in Hanford's groundwater
- Applied new technologies to groundwater cleanup
- Retrieved buried waste
- Shipped waste to a national repository for transuranic waste in New Mexico
- Cleaned out and demolished nuclear and industrial facilities on Hanford's Central Plateau
- Removed nuclear fuel and liquid sodium from the Fast Flux Test Facility
- Improved worker safety through training at the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center.
Safety is a core value at Fluor. Fluor Hanford reduced the number of injuries on the Project Hanford Management Contract by more than 80 percent from the time it assumed the contract in 1996 until the Fluor Hanford's safety culture and performance were recognized.
Nine Fluor-managed projects at Hanford earned awarded Star Status in the Department of Energy's Voluntary Protection Program, the department's highest safety recognition. Projects must pass rigorous reviews and maintain injury and illness rates 50 to 75 percent better than industry averages.
Fluor Hanford was listed as one of America's 10 safest companies by Occupational Hazards magazine in 2006, recognized as a safe workplace by the Association of Washington Business for eight consecutive years, and won the National Safety Council's international Robert W. Campbell Award in 2008.