DOE Awards $10B Hanford Site Contract

Infrastructure development firm AECOM said Tuesday that a joint venture that includes construction giant Fluor and the government-focused nuclear sector business within SNC-Lavalin, called Atkins, Central Plateau Cleanup Company LLC, had won a $10 billion, 10-year contract for managing and operating cleanup at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington.

Hanford Tank FarmThe so-called Central Plateau Cleanup Contract includes a 60-day transition period. Hanford’s CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. contract is coming to an end after a two-year extension. The end date for that contract is 30 September 2020.

Hanford is a closed down federal nuclear production site that is sometimes called the most toxic site in America. Decommissioning work includes soil and water remediation, waste containment management, replacing outdated containers and operating federal landfills. Currently, about $2.5 billion is spent on cleanup activities each year at Hanford. As reported by Nuclear Engineering International, when contracts expire at Hanford, the new management team typically re-hires the same workers who already work there.

Aecome and Fluor already have experience at the Hanford Site. Aecome currently holds the contract for tank waste management and replacement. Fluor has served as the principle contractor for cleanup work in the past (from 1996-20008).

“We appreciate the Department of Energy’s trust in awarding this contract to the Central Plateau Cleanup Company,” said Mark Whitney, AECOM’s executive vice president and general manager of Nuclear & Environment strategic business unit. “We welcome the opportunity to continue our successful cleanup efforts in the DOE complex and reduce the environmental risk for the Tri City communities in Washington State.”

The AECOM-led team will perform services for the safe, compliant and cost-effective transition from the Plateau Remediation Contract (PRC) to the CPCC; management of site safe and compliant base operations for the U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (RL) cleanup facilities; Deactivation, Decommissioning, Decontamination, and Demolition (D4) of facilities and remediation of waste sites; management of waste retrieval, treatment, storage and disposal; preparation of Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) decision documents to support cleanup actions associated with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement) (TPA); and core business functions to support these efforts.

In October, AECOM announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its Management Services (MS) business to affiliates of American Securities LLC and Lindsay Goldberg that is expected to close in the first half of fiscal 2020.

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