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Bechtel link to 2014 WIPP accident irrelevant in competition to manage mine, GAO tells losing bidder
The Government Accountability Office did not buy a losing bidder’s argument that the winner of a 10-year contract to manage the Department of Energy’s main deep-underground nuclear waste repository should have been penalized in competitive bidding because of the winner’s link to a 2014 radiation release at the site. Made public Thursday by the office Thursday, that argument from Westinghouse-led bidder Carlsbad Operations Alliance follows by about four months DOE’s award of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Management and Operating Contract to the Bechtel National-led Tularosa Basin Range Services (TBRS) doing business as Salado Isolation Mining Contractors. The winner beat out four other bidders for the potentially $3-billion contract,…
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WIPP receives 29 shipments during October, big jump year-to-year
The Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., received at least 29 shipments of defense-related transuranic waste during October, according to a public website for the facility. As of Thursday morning, the website, which typically trails actual…
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DOE cleanup office, N3B still wrestle with staffing at Los Alamos
The Department of Energy’s nuclear cleanup field office at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, set up in 2015, and its remediation contractor still face staff shortages, a federal safety watchdog heard Wednesday. Michael Mikolanis, who heads the…
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Heat source plutonium staying in PF-4, for now
Pit production will continue to share space at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s PF-4 Plutonium Facility with other missions for the foreseeable future, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration told a federal safety agency on Wednesday. The semi…
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‘Irresponsible’ to advance nuclear technology without addressing waste, NRC commissioner Crowell says
Nuclear waste management should not go overlooked as the U.S. weighs expanding its carbon-free energy market with more nuclear power, one of the newest members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said during an industry conference this week. “Progress on nuclear…
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