Three protests filed on Oak Ridge TRU contract

tru3Three losing bidders have filed protests on the contract award for managing the Department of Energy’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge.

The contract, with a potential value of $123.9 million, was awarded last month to North Wind Solutions LLC. According the Government Accountability Office website, the protests were filed by Aerostar Perma-Fix TRU Services LLC (July 6); Omega Technical Services Inc. (July 7) and ARS EnergX LLC (July 13).

DOE earlier said seven proposals were submitted for the big contract.

Mike Koentop, executive officer of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, said the existing contract with Wastren Advantage Inc. has been extended to allow time for the protests to be heard.

“There have been three protests filed with the GAO on the Transuranic Waste Processing contract that is currently held by Wastren Advantage, Inc.,” Koentop said. “The federal procurement process allows for protests, and we respect the process.  The WAI contract has been extended until Oct. 18, which should allow adequate time for the protest to be resolved.  However, if necessary, we do have three, one-month options on the WAI contract.”


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