LANS gets contract extension

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Extra time > NNSA gives LANS extra time to carry out clean-up operations

By Tris DeRoma

The company that oversees the Los Alamos National Laboratory has received a one-year extension on its management contract, taking it through fiscal year 2018, according to officials.
“NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) one additional award term, extending the period of performance through fiscal year 2018,” said Francie M. Israeli, spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
She also said that the NNSA granted the extension in order to give LANS and the Environmental Management field office there more time to manage and carry out the clean-up operations now happening at the facility.
“NNSA offered to grant LANS an additional term in order to facilitate the environmental cleanup programmatic changes at LANL directed by the secretary, (Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz) an orderly transition to the contract the DOE EM (Department of Energy Environmental Management) is competing for legacy waste cleanup at LANL and to allow NNSA to plan and re-compete the follow-on management and operations contract for LANL,” Israeli said in a written statement.
Last December, the National Nuclear Security Administration that the company, Los Alamos National Security, would not get an extension on its contract. The contract would be put out to bid sometime after 2017.
LANL Director Charles McMillan said that no matter what the future holds for the national laboratory, it will be business as usual.
“The laboratory’s senior management team and I are fully committed to maintaining a strong laboratory through the transition and into the future,” McMillan said in a written statement.
The DOE installed an Environmental Field office in Los Alamos in March 2015, about a year after a barrel filled with nitrate salts, “Sweat Scoop” cat litter and radioactive waste erupted and leaked while being stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
The barrel originated from the “Area G” site at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Thirteen WIPP workers that were in the general vicinity of the eruption were tested and later determined to be unharmed by the exposure, even though samples of their fecal matter measured some “radioactivity above normal background levels,” which eventually faded to normal levels as follow up urine samples were taken. About 140 WIPP workers were also tested a day after the accident and only 22 showed that even though they were exposed, it was below the levels of radiation given by what a medical patient would get through a chest x-ray.
At a recent breakfast for community and business leaders hosted by LANL, DOE Los Alamos EM Field Office Manager Doug Hintze mentioned that his office was in the beginning stages of putting together it’s own contract for cleanup, where the request for proposal phase will be available for public comment in about a month.
The five-year contract will have a value of over $1 billion with two option periods, a three-year option and a two-year option.