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Hanford tank contract rivals file revised bids with DOE; AtkinsRéalis seeks appeals court delay
Two teams fighting over the prized $45-billion Integrated Tank Contract at the Hanford Site in Washington state, filed updated proposals with the Department of Energy during the past week, according to legal filings Thursday. BWX-Technologies-led Hanford Tank Waste Operations & Closure as well as AtkinsRéalis Nuclear-led Hanford Tank Disposition Alliance filed their revised contract proposals with DOE Oct. 23. That is according to a new status report filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the other parties in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Hanford Tank Disposition Alliance, which in addition to Atkins, also has Jacobs and Westinghouse as partners, filed a new protest filed “an agency level protest…
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