DOE negotiating with CH2M Hill on TRU sludge project

Mike Koentop, executive officer in DOE’s Environmental Management Office in Oak Ridge, said CH2M Hill was selected last month as the “most highly qualified” among the contractors that submitted qualification packages for the sludge build-out project at the Transuranic Waste Processing Center.

CH2M Hill was notified of the decision on Sept. 11, and Koentop said the parties are in the process of negotiating a contract for expansion and modifications at the waste-processing plant. “We are working to award a contract within the next few months,” he said. He said there is no dollar value associated with the contract at this time.

The ultimate plan is to transfer about 2,000 cubic meters of sludge and supernate from the Melton Valley Storage Tanks to a new annex for waste characterization and solidification. Preliminary estimates indicated that the overall price tag for the project could be more than $100 million.

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