Group resumes cleanup after contract award protest
Boise, ID— The U.S. Department
of Energy has asked a team led by Boise-based Washington Group
International to proceed with the cleanup of the DOE’s Hanford
site along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington state.
This request follows the withdrawal of a contract protest.
The River Corridor Closure Contract,
valued by the DOE at approximately $1.9 billion over the next
eight years, was awarded on March 23 to Washington Closure LLC,
a partnership of Washington Group International, Bechtel National,
and CH2M HILL. The contract has a cost-plus-incentive-fee pricing
Included in the scope of work
for the River Corridor Project is the placement of the deactivated
plutonium production reactors - some of them dating back to the
1940s - in interim safe storage (also known as cocooning), cleaning
up waste sites located near the Columbia River, demolishing contaminated
facilities and operating the Environmental Restoration Disposal
The protest to the contract award
in April stopped the Washington Closure team’s formal transition
to assume the project after only 10 days of work. The DOE asked
the company to resume on Monday, June 6, where the team left off.