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Portage gets $5M contract with LANS

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Company looks to hire employees for the cleanup project

By Special to the Monitor

Portage Inc. has netted a contract worth about $5 million from Los Alamos National Security (LANS).

Under the agreement, Portage will provide excavation, operations and field support crews to the Materials Disposal Area B (MDA-B) cleanup project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The contract has sparked hiring by Portage, according to a written statement. Portage will start with about 50 employees and will ramp up to about 150 during the project’s peak and is recruiting employees.

Job postings are available on the company website (www.portageinc.com).

Cleanup of MDA-B is required under a Consent Order between the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of New Mexico. The order requires completion by December 2010.

MDA-B was the first common disposal area for radioactive waste at the lab and received waste from 1944 until 1948. MDA-B is located on DP Mesa, an area which could be available for land transfer and economic development.

Work will begin in early July, with an estimated completion of the end of November 2010.

Portage is an engineering and environmental services firm based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with major offices located in Idaho, New Mexico and Texas.

Portage supports projects throughout the United States as well as in Afghanistan, Guam, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar and South Korea.