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AtkinsRéalis team again protests $45B Hanford tanks contract award
A team led by AtkinsRéalis Nuclear was back in federal court this week arguing that the Department of Energy improperly re-awarded a $45-billion liquid-waste-cleanup contract to a BWX Technologies-led joint venture. In a new complaint with the Court of Federal Claims, Atkins-led Hanford Tank Disposition Alliance said DOE’s court-ordered re-competition of the Hanford Integrated Tank Disposition Contract, which ended Feb. 29 with a re-award to Hanford Tank Waste Operations & Closure (H2C), was designed for the “sole purpose” of allowing H2C to fix an “incurably ineligible proposal.” DOE’s actions also clashed with legal precedents that suggest agencies should not “retroactively extend proposal deadlines,” said the Alliance, which also includes Jacobs…
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Settlement talks collapsed weeks ago between the Department of Energy and environmental groups who sued the agency over its plan to produce nuclear-weapons cores in South Carolina, a Tuesday court filing shows. “Both parties were hopeful that the nearly two-month…
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Frank Rose, principal deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, will leave the nuclear weapons agency this spring, his boss said Tuesday in an all-hands email. “Principal Deputy Administrator Frank Rose will be leaving,” National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)…
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