The Department of Energy has given would-be bidders another 10 days to prepare their proposals on the contract to manage the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge. According to the amendment posted on DOE’s Environmental Management website, the due date has been changed from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11. The value of the contract could be up to $300 million.
The Oak Ridge facility processes radioactive waste and packages the high-hazard waste for transportation to and disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The WIPP facility is current shut down while DOE and its contractor deal with problems there — including an underground fire and release of radioactive materials.
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