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Bechtel wins new $3B WIPP prime contract from DOE
The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management chose a Bechtel National-led joint venture to manage the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., starting as soon as October. As of Friday morning, none of the losing bidders had protested the award to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). One source said DOE’s debriefings to losing bidders, usually a precursor to any protests, were not expected until at least the week of July 18. In a press release this week, the federal agency announced the award of the potential 10-year, $3-billion contract to Reston, Va.,-based Tularosa Basin Range Services, LLC. The new contract has a four-year base period with six one-year…
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DOE cleanup boss encouraged by IWTU test run, sees operation by year end
William (Ike) White, the top fed at the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management, anticipates radiological operations “at least up and running” at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at Idaho National Laboratory by the end of the year. White…
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COVID lingers, more EM sites mask up indoors per CDC guidance
After a dip last week, the number of confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 among onsite workers for the Department of Energy’s office of Environmental Management rose by 50 this week to 169, almost back to the 171 cases logged two…
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NRC staff recommends license for proposed Holtec interim storage site
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff this week recommended that the agency grant an operating license to an interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel proposed for eastern New Mexico, according to a new report. In the final environmental impact statement (EIS)…
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Authorization bill with increased NNSA funding, sea-launched cruise missile, easily passes House
The House this week passed a National Defense Authorization Act that authorized more funding for Department of Energy nuclear weapons programs than requested and allows continued work on a nuclear-tipped, sea-launched cruise missile. Democrats narrowly control the House, but more…
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