An item in the Newsmakers section in Monday's Washington Business incorrectly stated that Michael G. Bridges, recently appointed senior vice president of National Bank of Washington, had been with the bank for 20 years. He was formerly with First American Bank of Washington.

For James B. Hall, a retired colonel from the Army Corps of Engineers who spent 26 years supervising major civil and military engineering projects around the globe, one of the largest civil works project in the history of the United States may be his next challenge.

Hall, 49, a civil and nuclear engineer, recently became a senior consultant with Gaithersburg-based NUS Corp., an international engineering and environmental consulting firm that soon will bid for the supporting contract for the Department of Energy's federal repository program, which will entail finding a permanent resting place for all the spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants and defense programs in the United States.

Within six months, DOE will hire a company to help it narrow down from nine to three the number of underground sites currently under consideration for nuclear waste storage. The DOE contractor then will conduct detailed investigations of the remaining sites for final selection by 1991. Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the first fuel is expected to be stored by 1998.

DOE's nuclear storage program is unusual in that it requires the 46 nuclear utilities and their customers to foot the $29 billion bill for the government program, he said.

Hall said he was selected by NUS primarily because of his experience over the last two years heading the nuclear waste management oversight program for the Edison Electric Institute, the major utility industry association.

Hall said his capacity at EEI was one of "supportive critic" of the repository program -- supportive because the industry views waste management as the key roadblock to the wider use of nuclear power and critic because of his role of making sure the utilities' money was being spent properly.

"Nuclear waste management is recognized as vital if nuclear power is to become viable," Hall said. "Finding a site is the limit to the construction of more nuclear plants." COMMUNICATIONS

Gannett Co. Inc., in a sweeping reorganization of the communications firm's corporate and newspaper divisions, announced the promotion of 30 key executives. At its corporate headquarters in Rosslyn: Douglas H. McCorkindale will retain his duties as vice chairman and chief financial officer, but will now oversee administration instead of legal affairs. William J. Keating, formerly head of the newspaper division, will become executive vice president and general counsel. Maurice L. Hickey, previously president of Gannett West newspapers, will become a general corporate executive. Charles L. Overby, formerly head of corporate communications, will become vice president in charge of news and information. The newspaper division has been reorganized into two groups. The Metro group, headed by Brian J. Donnelly, will include newspapers with daily circulation of more than 120,000. And the Community group, run by Gary L. Watson, will include all other Gannett newspapers. Thomas Curley, a former assistant to the president of USA Today, will become executive vice president and general manager of USA Today. Gannett also announced 23 promotions in its newspaper group.

Washington Broadcast News Inc., a Washington radio production firm, has named Lockwood Richard Doty II president and chief executive officer. Doty, formerly executive vice president for the past three years, replaces WBN founder Richard Conn, who has resigned. Doty formerly managed and owned a radio station in Florida, ran his own public relations firm and was public relations director for the Mutual Broadcasting System.

BellSouth Corp., the regional telephone company serving southeastern states, has named Danny Murray director of congressional affairs in its Washington office. Murray formerly was director of federal relations for GTE Sprint.

MCI Communications Corp., the national telecommunications firm, has promoted Gary L. Smith to vice president of national accounts of its subsidiary, MCI Telecommuncations. Smith, a former director of marketing with NCR Corp. before joining MCI in 1984, will be responsible for developing large-volume telecommunications accounts in the mid-Atlantic region. In addition, MCI named Bert C. Roberts Jr., president and chief operating officer of MCI Communications, to the company's board of directors, increasing its membership to 13.

Washington lawyer Stephen A. Weiswasser has been named senior vice president and general counsel for Capital Cities Communications Inc. Weiswasser has been a partner in the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering since 1974, specializing in communications.

Anne Banville, a business and agriculture public relations consultant, has joined Gray & Co., the Washington public relations firm, as a vice president. Banville ran her own consulting business in Washington for the past thirteen years, representing the National Cattleman's Association, among other groups.

John E. Heaney, a former vice president for corporate communications for Fairchild Industries Inc., has formed a public relations firm, John E. Heaney and Associates in Bethesda, to specialize in financial communications and corporate public relations.

Gerald P. Tyson, formerly assistant provost at the University of Maryland, has formed a public relations and marketing firm, Corporate Communications Inc., in Washington. INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING

Fairchild Industries Inc., the Chantilly-based aerospace firm, has promoted Robert J. Terry to the new post of vice president and tax counsel. He had been director of taxes and tax counsel since joining Fairchild in 1983.

Beretta USA Corp., an Accokeek, Md.-based gun producer, has named Ed Morris plant manager. Morris will oversee all stages of production, warehousing and shipping for the plant, which is being enlarged to accomodate a new contract from the U.S. Armed Forces to produce automatic pistols.

Crown Central Petroleum Corp. in Baltimore has appointed James A. King Jr. vice president for supply and transporation. King, a 20-year veteran of Gulf Oil Corp., replaces V. G. Oberschall, who is leaving, the company said. BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES

The National Bank of Washington has named Michael G. Bridges to senior vice president in charge of real estate. Bridges, a 20-year veteran of NBW, will help oversee an expansion of the bank's real estate lending, particularly in construction loans. NBW also announced the promotion of Terry Strong, who joined the bank one year ago, to vice president and loan review officer. In addition, Stuart Greenberg, senior vice president and manager of NBW's Baltimore Loan Production Office and its International Banking Corp., has been appointed to the Maryland State Trade Policy Council. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Watson, Rice & Co., a Washington-based accounting firm, has announced four new appointments to its senior staff: Greta Davis, a former budget analyst for the Health Care Finance Administration; Marian W. Byers, previously at the Small Business Administration, and Audley L. Stephens and Klaus Buntua, both accountants. Watson, Rice also announced the promotion of seven members of the firm -- including Wilbert H. Luck, a former auditor for the federal government, and Leslie V. Porter, a former vice president at the National Consumer Cooperative Bank, to principals.