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January 07, 2020

Energy Department Extends CDM’s Santa Susana Business Through June

By ExchangeMonitor

The Energy Department has extended the current task order for contractor CDM to continue work on environmental reports at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County, California through June 30.

The CDM agreement with the DOE Office of Environmental Management would have expired Dec. 31 without the extension, which raises the current $33 million value of the business to about $34.4 million, according to a justification for exception to normal government competitive bidding practices, published Dec. 12 on a federal procurement website.

The CDM business at Santa Susana dates to an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract in September 2012 and has been modified several times since then, with the most recent revision in February 2019.  The Boston-based engineering and construction firm provides analysis on groundwater cleanup and other environmental issues at the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) at Santa Susana.

The Energy Department did nuclear power and liquid metal technology research on about 470 acres of the 2,850-acre SSFL property. Boeing and NASA are the other responsible parties for cleanup of the site under direction of the of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

The record of decision from the Energy Department was issued in September for demolition of 18 remaining buildings at Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone at Santa. “Due to the state’s review of groundwater documents, CDM has been unable to complete required follow-on studies and documents related to groundwater cleanup” so the business agreement is being extended through June, the DOE said in its Dec. 12 notice.

There were once 270 buildings within Area IV. The few that remain include three structures within the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility and two within the Hazardous Waste Management Facility, which are all permitted under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).