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Perma-Fix picks up two cleanup contracts at LANL

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Lab: Value of the deals is $450 million

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, based in Idaho, was selected for two major Master Task Order Agreement clean-up contracts at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory.

DOE’s prime contractor at Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Security, LLC selected the Portage/Perma-Fix team, along with several other teams, to retrieve, manage, process and disposition a variety of low-level radioactive, mixed, hazardous, and transuranic wastes that have been generated over decades as part of the DOE’s nuclear weapons mission.

The first Master Task Order Agreement has a $250 million value and a three year duration. Discrete work scope will be awarded through the issuance of task orders in accordance with LANS milestones and commitments.

The Portage/Perma-Fix team is required to submit proposals for these individual task orders and compete with the other two teams for a contract awards.

The scope of this Master Task Order includes waste management, waste treatment, waste transportation, and waste disposal of radioactive and hazardous wastes generated from clean-up and on-going operations at Los Alamos.

Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Chairman and CEO, said, “We look forward to our continued support of DOE and LANS in their efforts to safely clean-up and manage wastes generated at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Perma-Fix has collaborated with DOE, LANS, and Portage over the past several years to address some of the most problematic waste streams in the DOE complex.

This collaboration has resulted in large volumes of wastes, some formerly designated as ‘orphan wastes,’ to be treated and disposed in a safe and cost effective manner.”

The second Master Task Order Agreement has a $200 million value and a three-year duration. Work scope for this Master Task Order will be awarded through the issuance of task orders for work at the laboratory’s Technical Area 54.

The Portage/Perma-Fix team is required to submit proposals for these individual task orders and compete with the other three teams for contract awards.

The scope of this Master Task Order includes waste management, waste retrieval, waste characterization, waste processing, and waste packaging of radioactive, hazardous and transuranic wastes generated from research, operations and clean-up activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory over the past four decades.

A large portion of the wastes to be managed under this contract includes transuranic waste, in both above-ground storage and in below-ground trenches, that requires specialized processing and packaging for shipment to DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Centofanti continued, “DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration has entered into an agreement with the State of New Mexico to remove 3,706 cubic meters of above-ground stored transuranic waste by June 2014. We believe that our team is the best qualified and the most experienced, and therefore represents the best opportunity to successfully accomplish this very important milestone. We look forward to supporting DOE and LANS to meet this important commitment. Perma-Fix has significant experience with transuranic wastes and the challenges these wastes pose through our highly successful work retrieving, packaging and managing transuranic waste at DOE’s Hanford Reservation, and we are committed to achieving that same level of success for LANL and the state of New Mexico.”