RICHLAND (AP) — The Department of Energy has awarded a Hanford contract valued at up to $152 million to a Kennewick company.

The Tri-City Herald reports HPM Corp., which is currently the occupational medical contractor for the Hanford nuclear reservation, has won the new Hanford Occupational Medical Services Contract.

It is the first of five major contracts the Department of Energy plans to award over the next two years to replace expiring contracts.

Under the seven-year contract, HPM Corp. will provide services to up to 9,000 workers.

Services range from basic first aid to exams to evaluate employees' injuries and illnesses to set possible work restrictions.

HPM's current Hanford contract for six years, plus extensions totaling five months, is valued at almost $107 million.

Chief executive Scott Brodeur says some of the increased expense of the new contract will cover expanded clinic hours for Hanford workers.

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