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GAO rejects protest of WIPP contract by Huntington-led group
The Government Accountability Office on Thursday denied a challenge by a Huntington Ingalls Industries-led group to Bechtel’s potential $3 billion management contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, which the Department of Energy awarded in July. Huntington-led National TRU Solutions of Newport News, Va. challenged the 10-year contract award to Bechtel’s Tularosa Basin Range Services, of Reston, Va., for the disposal of transuranic nuclear waste at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) located outside of Carlsbad, N.M. The protest “alleged that the evaluation of key personnel and past performance was unreasonable, asserted that the agency improperly evaluated the role of the awardee’s proposed affiliate, and argued that…
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After shutdown near-miss, Constellation seeking 20-year extension for Dresden plant
An Illinois nuclear power plant that just last year had been slated for closure could be getting a new lease on life, the facility’s operator said this week. Constellation Energy, which owns Dresden Nuclear Generating Station, has applied with the…
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Draft WIPP permit from New Mexico should be out by Christmas
The New Mexico Environment Department could issue a 10-year draft permit for the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., before Christmas, a state spokesperson said recently. The draft permit for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)…
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NRC pushes final licensing decision for Holtec interim storage site to Feb ‘23
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has again delayed its final licensing decision for a commercially-operated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel proposed for southeast New Mexico, the agency said in a webinar this week. Although NRC said in May that…
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Crucial W93 choices coming soon, admiral says
ARLINGTON, VA. — The Navy and the National Nuclear Security Administration will make their design choices about the W93 submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead next year, an admiral said here at an industry conference Tuesday. “Next year most likely we will…
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