The close of 2014 brings back many memories of news events gone by, but there’s always the anticipation of what’s to come in the New Year. I like that. Thanks to all the loyal readers at Atomic City Underground and please stay tuned in 2015. Cheers.
Sage Energy Trading, a woman-owned small business, has been awarded a one-year task order from the Dept. of Energy not to exceed $2.5 million. The order from DOE’s Environmental Management program is for the Oklahoma-based company to provide natural gas through the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to the vendor and ultimately to DOE’s Portsmouth, Ohio, site.
The Department of Energy has awarded URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), DOE’s cleanup manager in Oak Ridge, a total fee of $3,666,294 (out of a maximum available $3.83M) for the six-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2014. UCOR received high ratings across the board, including “excellent” marks for project management and business systems and environmental management. No ratings were below “very good.” Continue reading
The National Nuclear Security Administration this week released the award fee numbers for its contractors in the nuclear weapons complex. Missing from that list was Consolidated Nuclear Security, which took over as manager of the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants on July 1, 2014. Continue reading
Los Alamos National Security, the contractor at Los Alamos National Lab, got hammered in its performance evaluation for FY2014 because of the “performance failures” associated with the radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Not only was the contractor’s fee greatly reduced, but the NNSA also withdrew a contract extension previously granted. In a Dec. 18 letter to Los Alamos Director Charles McMillan, NNSA official Robert Poole said the WIPP-related problems constituted a “first degree” performance failure with respect to environment, safety and health terms and conditions of the contract.
B&W Pantex received a performance score of 90 for the nine-month period ending June 30, the final report card for its management of the Pantex warhead assembly/disassembly plant near Amarillo, Texas. The government contractor received a total fee of $26,309,970 out of a maximum possible fee of $29,132,229. B&W was replaced by Consolidated Nuclear Security, effective July 1, 2014. The award fee was noted in a Sept. 8 memo from NNSA Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon to NPO Manager Steve Erhart.
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12 received an overall performance score of 78 on its final report card for managing the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. The total award fee for the nine-month period ending June 30 was $46,496,598 out of a maximum possible fee of $59,388,289.
The NNSA posted a memo from the National Nuclear Security Administration Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon to Steven Erhart, manager of the NNSA’s Production Office.
The memo was dated Sept. 8. Continue reading
The National Nuclear Security Administration announced this week that it had recovered its one millionth curie “of disused and unwanted radioactive sources” from sites around the United States via its Off-Site Recovery Project. Continue reading
The cleanup and demolition of an old hot-cells facility (Building 3026) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was placed on hold in the spring of 2013 when the project — costing more than anticipated — ran out of available Recovery Act funding. It was turned over to URS-CH2M Oak Ridge for surveillance and maintenance, and that status-quo-type activity is continuing. Continue reading
Thom Mason spoke with confidence and satisfaction when he looked back at the 2014 performance at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which he has directed for the past seven and a half years.
The lab received an admirable performance rating of 94 (out of 100) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Mason allowed himself to brag a bit about some of the research accomplishments.
“I think it has been a good year — a lot of good stuff done in terms of the research we’re doing,” he said. “Everything from important contributions to understanding climate change to discoveries of the microscopic origins of behavior in new materials to 3-D printing a car for the first time in partnership with industry. So a lot of good work got done.” Continue reading
The Department of Energy’s environmental advisory board in Oak Ridge has released its annual report. The Site Specific Advisory Board’s report is available here.