Shift to new Savannah River Website nuclear waste contractor underway | Information

The Division of Power lately approved a Virginia-based crew to start its takeover of nuclear waste services and associated ventures on the Savannah River Website, following an award of a $21 billion contract late final month.

The shift to Savannah River Mission Completion LLC — an meeting of BWXT Technical Providers Group, Fluor Federal Providers, an Amentum firm, and subcontractors — kicked off Monday and can run 90 days. The project of the Built-in Mission Completion Contract to Savannah River Mission Completion was not protested, teeing up a smoother transition.

The contract pivot means Savannah River Mission Completion will quickly oversee a raft of important nuclear footprints south of Aiken: amongst them, the Savannah River Website tank farms, the place thousands and thousands of gallons of radioactive waste are saved; the Protection Waste Processing Facility, the place sludge is encased in glass, making it safer for long-term storage; the Salt Waste Processing Facility, which is anticipated to churn by way of thousands and thousands of gallons of waste yearly; and the Saltstone Disposal Items, large vaults the place decontaminated waste is completely saved.

Ken Camplin, the president of BWXT’s Nuclear Providers Group, on Oct. 28 mentioned the contract win “demonstrates our skill to deal with a few of the most complicated environmental challenges within the nation.” 

Amentum CEO John Vollmer on the identical day mentioned the crew seems “ahead to working with our DOE consumer, companions, regulators, and neighborhood stakeholders to additional advance the Division of Power’s mission of protected cleanup of legacy liquid waste on the Savannah River Website.”

The waste on the web site — as soon as a plutonium manufacturing powerhouse — has been described as South Carolina’s single largest environmental menace. The Power Division’s environmental legal responsibility totaled greater than $500 billion in fiscal yr 2020, in line with the Authorities Accountability Workplace, a federal watchdog.

The Power Division obtained 4 proposals for the Built-in Mission Completion Contract, a possible 10-year deal aimed toward cleansing up the Savannah River Website. The division beforehand mentioned Savannah River Mission Completion offered “the most effective worth to the federal government,” contemplating its key gamers, historical past, method and strategies, and value.

Extra details about the incoming contractor is anticipated within the coming weeks.