The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over ten years. The winning bidder for the new Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract is at the Central Plateau Cleanup Co comprising Aecom Management Services (Maryland), Fluor Federal Services (South Carolina) and Atkins Nuclear Secured (Tennessee).
The contracting team will do work similar to what is now being done at Hanford under a CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co contract that is set to expire by 30 September 2020, having already been extended for two years. The federal government is spending about $2.5 billion a year for environmental cleanup at the Hanford site, with most work being done by private contracting teams. A 60-day transition period is planned for the new contract. Typically, most workers employed under the expiring contract will be hired by the new contractor management team.
Aecom currently holds the expiring tank waste contract at Hanford with Atkins, and it is the primary subcontractor to Bechtel National at the vitrification plant construction and startup project. Fluor has been Hanford’s main cleanup contractor from 1996 to 2008. The new contract uses DOE Office of Environmental Management’s new end state contracting model, which is designed to assign discrete scopes of work to be completed, as needed. DOE has said it will provide “more realistic, reliable pricing and incentives” to help reduce DOE’s financial liability for cleanup. The specific tasks will be assigned to the new contractor under what DOE calls a master indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity contract.