This was a big event for Oak Ridge on Feb. 19, 1992, when Coors Ceramics signed a research agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It warranted a presidential visit or maybe the visit deserved a signing. From left, Joe Coors Jr., President George Bush, ORNL Director Alvin Trivelpiece, then-Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, and U.S. Rep. Jimmy Quillen. (Department of Energy archives/Frank Hoffman photo)
Strata-G, a small business based in Knoxville, has received contract work from the Department of Energy to collect data and characterize samples at a proposed mercury-sampling site at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
According to info released by DOE, the “task order” is part of a five-year multi-phase contract that’s valued at about $15 million. Continue reading
“The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a statement yesterday on the protest filed by Nuclear Production Partners (NPP) regarding the NNSA’s awarding of the combined Y-12/Pantex contract to Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS).
“The GAO did not release its full decision, but in a brief statement said it denied the latest protest from NPP, the Babcock & Wilcox-led team, and reaffirmed the $22 billion contract award to CNS, the Bechtel-led team. Continue reading
UPF Federal Project John Eschenberg spoke Thursday evening at the University of Tennessee’s Baker Center as part of the ongoing lecture series by the Institute for Nuclear Security. It was pretty much’s Eschenberg’s standard talk on UPF, which combines a bit of Y-12 history, emphasizes the deteriorated state of the old, built-in-World-War-II facilities, and sets the case for economic development in the region while building a supply chain for good and services and helping revitalize the nation’s industrial base via work on this multibillion-dollar project.
Eschenberg also fielded questions, and after his talk I asked him about the Red Team review that’s looking at less-expensive alternatives to the UPF. I also asked him for some specifics about the reported scaling back of design activities until there’s a more certain sense of the project’s direction. Continue reading
Bruce Held, acting administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, was traveling this evening but I managed to catch up with him by email to get his reaction to GAO’s ruling. The decision appears to clear the way for installing the combined contractor management team at Y-12 and Pantex.
“We have sincerely tried to follow the tenets of good government in this award and so are pleased that the GAO decision (which I have not yet actually seen) would seem to endorse that effort,” Held said. “I am very proud of Bob Raines and all the others in NNSA who have worked so hard on this.” Continue reading
Here’s a statement from Jason Bohne, spokesman for the Bechtel-led Consolidated Nuclear Security contracting team that is poised to take over management of the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants: Continue reading
On Thursday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office denied the third protest filed by Nuclear Production Partners, a team headed by Babcock & Wilcox, which was one of the losing bidders on the $22 billion contract. The contract combines the management of the government facilities in Oak Ridge and Amarillo, Texas. Continue reading
Here’s a statement from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, one of the key appropriators for the Uranium Processing Facility and other DOE projects, said following GAO’s decision that dismissed the protest on the Y-12/Pantex combined contract award: Continue reading
In the wake of the Government Accountability Office denial of NP2’s protest on the Y-12/Pantex contract award, the NNSA said it plans to move forward with the transition to a new contractor at the two nuclear weapons sites as soon as possible.
Here’s a statement released by NNSA spokeswoman Keri Fulton: Continue reading
After learning of today’s decision that denied its protest on the Y-12/Pantex contract award, Babcock & Wilcox said it was disappointed. B&W, which headed Nuclear Production Partners, one of losing bid teams, said it would evaluate the GAO decision and consider its options.
One apparent option would be to change protest venues. It’s possible that NP2 could challenge the $22 billion contract award in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Continue reading